Wrongful Termination Lawyers in Denver, CO
We Fight for Your Rights
Finding yourself without a job can feel terrifying, to say the least. You may feel as if your entire world is crumbling as you are trying to figure out how you are going to provide for your family. We at Anderson Barkley, LLC understand that this is a difficult time for many people.
But, if you think that your contract has been terminated for an unlawful reason, then you should reach out to one of our wrongful termination lawyers in Denver.
We do not advise filing a claim on your own. These cases are extremely complex and require an in-depth knowledge of the law and its nuances. Being fired for something that you didn’t do isn’t synonymous with wrongful termination. That is why you need an experienced lawyer to review your case and tell you whether our employer has violated your rights.
We will investigate the case to determine if you should pursue legal action. For instance, if we discover that your employer fired you because you broke a rule but didn’t take the same action against other employees who might have done the same thing, then you may have a discrimination case on your hands.
At Anderson Barkley, LLC our Denver wrongful termination lawyers are committed to ensuring that your rights are protected and that you receive compensation for the unlawful treatment.
At-Will Employment and Wrongful Termination
Colorado is an “at-will” employment state. That means that an employer has the right to fire you without having to provide just cause and without any warning, and you have the right to voluntarily resign from your position with or without providing a reason. However, there are certain exceptions that protect employees from having their rights violated.
Wrongful termination refers to when an employer fires you for illegal reasons. For example, if you were offered a promotion in exchange for sexual favors but refused, and your contract was terminated as a consequence, then your employer has committed an illegal act and you are entitled to compensation.
Other examples of wrongful termination include:
- Discrimination: You cannot be dismissed because of your gender, race, nation of origin, religion or sexual orientation.
- Refusal to Engage in Illegal Actions: Your employer cannot fire you if you refused to commit an illegal act on their behalf.
- Family or Medical Leave: You are entitled to family and medical leave according to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act and your employer can not fire you if you choose to take it.
- Retaliation: It is against the law for your employer to retaliate against you for your exercise of a protected right, such as complaining or filing a claim about harassment or discrimination, or reporting your employer’s illegal activities to a state or federal agency. Retaliation can take the form of any adverse employment action, such as being issued a written warning, being demoted, or being discharged from your position.
Here are examples of termination that could be considered unlawful:
- You’ve been dismissed after reporting unlawful practices, such as tax evasion;
- You told your employer that you are pregnant and was terminated because they did not want to give you maternity leave;
- You brought your partner to an office party and got fired because of your sexual orientation;
- You got removed from your position because you were wearing a hijab or other apparel required by your religion.
If you’ve been treated unfairly by your employer or believe that your contract was seized unlawfully, our wrongful termination attorneys in Denver can help you build your case. Contact Anderson Barkley, LLC today to schedule a consultation.
How We Can Help
Starting a wrongful termination lawsuit can feel intimidating. Here’s what our lawyers can do for you:
- Review Your Employment Contract: If you have an employment contract, then it should also contain a list of reasons for which your employer can fire you. If the reason you were dismissed was not included in the contract, then you have the right to sue.
- Investigate Differential Treatment: If your employer claims that you’ve been terminated because of poor performance or a violation of company policy, then we will run an investigation to see if other employees were held to the same standards. If we notice any difference in the way you were treated, then that qualifies as a “unlawful reason.”
- Account for the Pain and Struggles You Went Through: Finding yourself without a job can have financial consequences that affect numerous aspects of your life. You may be unable to pay your bills, provide for your family, or lose your health insurance coverage or pension. We will make sure that you will receive compensation for your financial losses, including lost wages, lost benefits, and damages resulting from emotional distress.
What You Should Do
Here’s what you can do to help build and speed up your case:
- Keep a file with all the documents related to your employment, such as your employment contract, performance reports, emails between you and your supervisors and colleagues, as well as your termination notice.
- Tell the whole truth. Even if what happened may weaken your case, it is better to let your Denver wrongful termination lawyers know about the weak points in your story.
- Have the facts clearly lined up. In other words, have a chronological recount of what happened. It will help your attorneys to put the pieces of the puzzle together and build a strong case.
Your Next Steps
The lawyers at Anderson Barkley, LLC have years of experience under their belt and can help you determine if you’ve been wronged by your employer. Whether you’ve been harassed, discriminated against or fired unlawfully, we can help you seek justice.
Keep in mind that these are complex and often time-sensitive cases, so you need to take action now.
Call our wrongful termination attorneys at (720)-506-1767 (Richard) or (720)-506-1766 (Jeanine) and share your story with us. We will advise you on what you should do next, build your case, and prepare you for meeting your employer in court.
Contact our wrongful termination law firm in Denver for help.