Everyday throughout the state Colorado employees are concerned with discrimination based on a variety of factors. Some may believe that their employer has discriminated against them based on race or gender, while others have to endure the indignity of sexual harassment. All of these discriminatory behaviors are violations of state and federal law. Perhaps most unfortunate, however, is when an employer discriminates against an employee or potential employee based on a disability. When that occurs, the person who has suffered from the discriminatory act may have a legal option under the protection of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
From previous posts here, most of our Colorado readers would probably think that all employees are protected from any form of discrimination in the workplace, including sexual harassment. However, a recent article pointed toward one particular class of workers who may not receive all of the protections they deserve under state and federal employment law: unpaid interns.
Many of our Colorado readers probably know that employers are obligated to provide a safe working environment for employees, as well as an environment that is free from discrimination. This means that appropriate measures should be taken to ensure that there is no physical danger to an employee's health and that illegal behavior, such as employment discrimination based on factors like race, nationality or gender, is unacceptable. But what happens when employees have an employer who they view as a bully?
Many of our Colorado readers are familiar with the highly popular restaurant chain Chick-fil-A. There are dozens of Chick-fil-A locations throughout Colorado and hundreds more throughout the rest of the country. Many people love these restaurants for the good food and great eating environment. However, it appears that the environment at one Chick-fil-A in particular was not all that comfortable for a former employee.