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State & Local Government Employment


State and local government employment is governed by a broad scope of federal and state employment laws.

Murray Law welcomes the opportunity to provide experienced counsel and representation to state and local government employees.

This practice represents persons serving in all positions in state and local government.

We represent applicants, employees, former employees, supervisors, managers, executives, professionals, administrative and support staff personnel.

Steven Murray has successfully represented state and local government employees before the Colorado State Personnel Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.

Adverse Agency Actions

State and local employees have a right to defend their interests against adverse disciplinary or performance-based actions.

This practice represents employees in:

  • Defense of Adverse Agency Actions.
  • Internal grievance proceedings before a government agency employer.
  • Actions before the Colorado State Personnel Board, Colorado Civil Rights Division, Colorado District Courts, and the United States District Court.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Discrimination – Harassment

State and local government employees have the right to be free from discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion, and disability.

Employees have the right to a reasonable accommodation for a disability, religion, or religious practice.

A state or local government agency employer cannot subject an employee to unlawful workplace harassment.

Harassment is unlawful discrimination when the conduct is because of an individual’s protected trait or membership in a protected class, such as race or sex.

Retaliation & Whistleblower

Federal and Colorado laws prohibit state and local government employers from discriminating against an individual through retaliatory actions.

An agency employer may not retaliate against an applicant or employee because the individual opposed any practice unlawful under the law, i.e., race discrimination, or the individual made a charge, assisted, testified, or participated in any investigation, litigation, or proceeding under the law.

State and local government employees have legal protections against retaliation because of protected whistleblower activity, such as disclosing unlawful conduct, gross government waste, fraud, and abuse of authority.

Constitutional Rights

State and local employees have constitutionally protected rights in employment under the United States Constitution. The specific rights in issue and the scope of legal protections depend on the facts of each case.


Murray Law welcomes the opportunity to counsel and represent individuals facing employment law issues in state and local government employment. Please contact Steven Murray Law at 720-600-6642.

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I found Steven at a very stressful time. He has been compassionate, timely, honest & an all around pleasure to work with. His knowledge of employment law is deep and effortless. I am so pleased he is in my corner advocating for me! Thank you, Steven!


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