Employees face serious and complex legal challenges in their employment.
Murray Law welcomes the opportunity to provide dedicated and experienced counsel and representation to employees, supervisors, managers, executives, professionals, former employees, and applicants. Steven Murray has successfully represented prevailing individuals, serving in a variety of positions, in employment and civil rights cases before several forums, i.e. jury verdicts and favorable resolutions in cases before United States District Courts, federal, state, and local government agencies, and resolutions of disputes through negotiation and mediation.
An employee, serving at any level in the chain of command, may understandably feel vulnerable when subjected to adverse actions or less favorable treatment by his or her employer. An employee has personal, professional, and/or financial interests at stake. Most often, a vast disparity of resources exists between the employee and employer, i.e. a large corporate employer or government agency.Discrimination
Employment discrimination is unlawful when an individual is subjected to an adverse action or treated less favorably because the individual is a member of a lawfully protected class. Federal and Colorado law protects individuals against employment discrimination on the following bases:
- Race or Color
- National Origin
- Sexual Orientation
- Harassment – Hostile Work Environment
Employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations to employees seeking accommodations to a disability or religious belief or practice.
The Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act [CADA] protects discrimination on the following additional bases: creed, ancestry, and because the person is a victim of domestic abuse. The CADA prohibits discharge based on an employee’s participation in lawful off-duty activities. Concerning employers with 25 or more employees, the CADA prohibits an employer from refusing to hire or discharging a person because of the person’s marital status.Retaliation
An employer is prohibited from discriminating against an individual because the individual has:
- Opposed discrimination under law, or
- Participated in an employment discrimination proceeding by filing a charge of discrimination, assisting, testifying or participating in any investigation, litigation, or proceeding under the applicable employment law.
An employer may not subject an employee to retaliatory harassment or a hostile work environment because the person engaged in lawfully protected activity.
An employer may not retaliate against an individual for requesting and/ or receiving a reasonable employment accommodation for an individual’s religion or religious practice.Employment Actions
Murray Law represents individuals facing a range of employment actions, including but not limited to the following.
- Equal Employment Opportunity: Discrimination & Retaliation & Harassment
- Wrongful Discharge in Violation of Public Policy, Federal or State Law
- Failure or Refusal to Hire
- Adverse Actions re:
- Discipline | Performance
- Terms, Conditions or Privileges of Employment
- Compensation | Wages | Benefits
- Promotion | Demotion | Job Assignments
- Non-Competition & Trade Secret Agreements
- Family & Medical Leave
- Employment Contracts: Express & Implied Contracts
- Separation & Severance Agreements
- Professional Licensure
- Disputes-Issues re: Employer Policies, Practices, and Procedures
Employee representation is provided through counseling, negotiation, and representation, and in the following proceedings:
- Federal & State - Trial & Appellate Courts
- Federal, State, & Local Government Administrative Agency Proceedings
- Discrimination & Retaliation: Charges & Proceedings
- Grievance Proceedings
- Mediation & Arbitration
- Employment Investigations
Murray Law welcomes the opportunity to counsel and represent individuals confronting issues involving a potential derivation of rights in employment. Please contact Murray Law at 720-600-6642.