Sex Discrimination

Unlawful Sex Discrimination in Employment

Sex discrimination in employment is unlawful under federal and Colorado law.

Applicants and employees at every level of authority, in every position, are protected against sex discrimination.

The law protects employees and applicants in the private sector and federal, state, local government employment from sex discrimination.

Employment attorney Steven Murray welcomes the opportunity to provide experienced counsel and representation to persons confronting sex discrimination.

Murray Law represents clients asserting sex discrimination claims in federal and state court lawsuits, filing discrimination charges with federal, state, and local government agencies, and in mediation and arbitration proceedings.

Steven Murray has successfully represented individuals subjected to discrimination in lawsuits before multiple United States District Courts, including representing prevailing clients in jury trials in discrimination cases before the United States District Court for the District of Colorado and mediation proceedings.

Federal Sex Discrimination Law

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, is a federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in employment. This Act applies to employers with 15 or more employees.

Colorado Sex Discrimination Law

The Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act prohibits sex discrimination in employment. This Act prohibits sex discrimination in private sector employment and state and local government.

Unlike Title VII, this Colorado law applies to employers of any size.

Because of Sex

The law prohibits employers from taking adverse actions “because of an individual’s sex.” An employer cannot take adverse actions because of:

  • The sex of the applicant or employee.
  • Sexual stereotypes, such as sex-based assumptions or traits.
  • The bias and prejudice of the employee’s co-workers.
  • The prejudice of the employer’s customers, vendors, or clients.
  • A person’s association with a member of a specific sex.
  • A person’s marriage or relationship to a member of a specific sex.

Discriminatory Adverse Actions

Employers may not take adverse actions against employees or applicants because of sex, including:

  • Failure or refusal to hire.
  • Discharge.
  • Layoff.
  • Demotion.
  • Adverse actions about promotion or job assignments.
  • Actions harming a person’s status as an employee, including decisions about the terms, privileges, and conditions of employment.


Federal and Colorado laws prohibit employers from discriminating against individuals through retaliation because they engaged in a protected activity concerning sex discrimination.

Protected activity includes but is not limited to filing a charge of sex discrimination with the employer or filing a charge of sex discrimination with a federal or state government agency, or participating in an investigation of a sex discrimination complaint.

Harassment/Hostile Work Environment

Sexual harassment is unlawful sex discrimination.

Sexual harassment is actionable when the conduct is unwelcome and sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter employment conditions and create an abusive or hostile working environment, such as an environment permeated with offensive sexual slurs.


Murray Law welcomes the opportunity to provide dedicated legal counsel and representation to any person denied the right to be free from sex discrimination. Please contact Steven Murray at 720-600-6642.

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