Stephen Colbert recently left his hit television show, "The Colbert Report," to care for his sick mother. For someone like Colbert, returning to work is probably not much of a concern, but for many Colorado residents, the right to return to work after leaving to care for a loved one is not necessarily guaranteed.
Senator Morgan Carroll of Colorado recently won approval for a new law called the Employment Opportunity Act. Senator Carroll sponsored the bill, which was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Valentine's Day. The bill offers new protections to already struggling residents seeking employment in an unstable and often ruthless job market.
As Colorado residents may know, there is nothing new about co-workers dating. In fact, it is commonplace enough that it may come to be expected. Prior to the advent of online dating, people commonly developed relationships with people they were in close proximity to, and considering that many people spend nearly half of their waking hours at work, it is not surprising that some employees develop romantic relationships with co-workers.
Readers in Colorado will be interested to hear of a recent sexual harassment lawsuit that charged an Italian restaurant chain with subjecting female employees to repeated instances of sexual harassment. The lawsuit, which was filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, said that Rafael's Italian Restaurant allowed male kitchen workers to make crude comments toward and request sexual touching from female employees, some of whom were teenagers. The EEOC said that restaurant management received numerous complaints from several of the women, but the complaints were ignored.
One would think that in 2012 sexual discrimination in the workplace would no longer thrive, but unfortunately many workplaces in Denver and throughout Colorado are still characterized by discrimination against women. According to the Institute for Women's Policy Research, women make about 77 cents for every dollar men make, and many women who are just as qualified as men want to see that statistic change.