Colorado sees major increase in workplace discrimination filings

| May 20, 2021 | Discrimination |

Illegal behaviors in the workplace have been brought to light and addressed in the recent past in Colorado and throughout the United States. This is connected not just to the #MeToo movement regarding sexual harassment, but for workers who have been discriminated against, faced wage issues and more. Workplace discrimination is a growing problem and there has been a notable spike in claims in Colorado. This indicates that workers who were previously fearful about speaking up are more willing to do so. Those who believe they have been confronted with these challenges should be aware that they have legal options to combat how their rights were violated.

One-third of Colorado employment claims in 2020 were linked to discrimination

Statistics indicate that the number of discrimination claims in Colorado were on the rise in 2020. BusinessDen found that of the 638 complaints it assessed, 217 were due to workplace discrimination. That is a 200% increase compared to three years earlier when there were 537 overall claims and 66 for discrimination. From 2017 to 2018, claims that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act was violated nearly doubled in the state. The workers who are filing the cases are from various industries working blue collar and white collar jobs. They arise due to race, national origin, gender, age, religious beliefs and for other reasons. Every category was reaching record highs.

Between 2013 and 2015, there were an average of 20 racial discrimination cases filed. Over the next three years, that rose to an average of 50. For those who lodged complaints about gender discrimination, it included males, females and transgender people. Employers faced legal claims because they did not adequately address sexual harassment claims made by victims and for assuming people who were accused of wrongdoing were automatically guilty.

Workplace wrongdoing may warrant a legal claim

People should not be intimidated to complain about any type of mistreatment on the job. Unfortunately, many are under the impression that their complaints will be ignored, nothing of consequence will be done or they will be confronted with a worse situation than they were initially dealing with just for speaking up. The spate of filings is notable in that it shows how those subjected to workplace discrimination are feeling emboldened to seek compensation. To have guidance as to the available options, it is imperative to be fully prepared. When moving forward with a complaint, consulting with experienced professionals in workplace claims can be helpful from the start.