Have you been terminated because your employer disapproves of your lifestyle or your lawful decisions that occur outside of the workplace? Colorado’s lawful off-duty conduct statute prohibits an employer from wrongfully terminating an employee because the employee engaged in any lawful activity off the premises of the employer during nonworking hours. In order words, employees that engage in otherwise unpopular but lawful activities outside of work may be protected under Colorado law. For example, Colorado law may protect the employment of individuals engaging in social and political rallies outside of work, members of unpopular political parties, victims of crimes, victims of domestic violence or workplace violence, or injured workers who file workers’ compensation claims. The lawful off-duty statute may provide broad protections to employees who engage in various forms of private off-work activity that is unrelated to the employees’ job duties.
Lawyers Protecting Against Employment Discrimination
At Rathod | Mohamedbhai LLC, we have extensive experience protecting our clients when they engage in lawful off-duty conduct. Damages pursuant to the lawful off-duty conduct statute are designed to make the employee whole but for the discriminatory conduct, and may allow for attorneys’ fees if the employee is successful in proving wrongful termination. Employees should be mindful that under Colo. Rev. Stat. § 24-34-402.5 and case law employers can raise defenses to lawful off-duty conduct claims such as conflicts of interest between employer and employee and duties of loyalty. Colorado law requires that the protection of an employee’s off-the-job privacy must be balanced against the legitimate needs of a Colorado employer.
Vindicate Your Rights
At Rathod | Mohamedbhai LLC, we have extensive experience protecting our clients’ privacy and employment interests in their lawful off-duty conduct. This law firm and its lawyers will ensure that your employer is held accountable when it retaliates or wrongfully terminates your employment due to your lawful off-duty conduct.