Many of our Colorado readers are familiar with the concept of at-will employment. For those who aren't, the gist of the concept is that an employer can terminate an employee at any time for any reason - and the employee can do the same. However, there are many employees throughout Colorado and the nation who work under the terms of an employment contract. In order for those individuals to be fired, oftentimes their contract will specify that the termination needs to be for a valid reason.
For many women in Colorado, becoming a new mother is usually one of the happiest times in life. The anticipation during the pregnancy - and all of the struggles - pays off when a woman gets to hold their new baby at the hospital. However, this joyous time can be interrupted for a working mother when her employee rights are violated.
The largest corporations in America have many levels in the management of their organizations. Of course, there are always the top decision makers at the corporate headquarters, but for businesses in the service sector especially, there will almost always be a store-level manager at each location. Starbucks, one of the largest and most recognizable food service corporations in the country, is one of these types of businesses.
Every job here in Colorado is different, but many employers use training sessions to educate their employees about diversity and discrimination in the workplace. Doing so can help bring attention to potential problems before they get out of hand. However, sometimes employees can still create a hostile working environment for others even when they know better. Unfortunately for a female police officer in another Western state, this appears to have been a major issue in the workplace.