Independent Contractors vs. Employees

1411400594One way employers have tried to get around employment laws to make people working for them sign “Independent Contractor Agreements.” That way, they don’t have to pay overtime, unemployment, or obey a lot of other rules. Unfortunately for them, the courts are wise to their games and look beyond what a worker is called by the employer. In fact, the Colorado Supreme Court published two cases this year examining when someone is an employee and when they are an independent contractor. Click below to find out how to tell the difference. Continue reading “Independent Contractors vs. Employees”

At Will Employment in Colorado

At-will employment means that either an employee or an employer can end their relationship at any time for any reason. In practice, it means that your employer can fire you at any time for any reason at all or even for no reason. It’s the default rule in every state except Montana. Still, just because it’s the default, doesn’t mean all fired employees have are out of luck. In Colorado, there are a lot of exceptions that limit when and why an employer can fire someone despite it being an at-will state. Continue reading “At Will Employment in Colorado”

Infographic: Title VII Discrimination

1407198775Title VII is the federal statute that protects many workers from discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, and sex. This infographic will give you a basic rundown on what is banned, and what you can do about it. Continue reading “Infographic: Title VII Discrimination”

Infographic: Victim’s Rights By the Numbers

7456734Most people don’t really understand victims’ rights. Here’s my effort to show you the numbers behind the issue. Victims’ rights really deserves more attention than it gets. The criminal system often loses track of the people most affected by its outcomes, and victims can get lost in the process. It may sound strange coming from someone who practices criminal defense, but victims’ rights are important. We need to bring humanity into criminal justice and find ways to help crime victims recover. Continue reading “Infographic: Victim’s Rights By the Numbers”

When Should You Hire an (Employee-Side) Employment Lawyer

So this article recently popped up on my twitter feed (@sam__cannon). You should check it out; it’s interesting. Since I’m on the employees’ side though, I thought I’d add my two cents about when an employee  should get an employment lawyer. Continue reading “When Should You Hire an (Employee-Side) Employment Lawyer”

Sexual Harassment Law in Colorado

1922772_origEverywhere I’ve looked this week, I’ve seen stories about sexual harassment. Still, sexual harassment law isn’t understood as well as it should be, so a lot of women think there’s nothing they can do about it. That’s why I’m writing this article. Hopefully it will help you understand the basics of sexual harassment law in Colorado and the US. Continue reading “Sexual Harassment Law in Colorado”

Debunking 3 Internet Legal Myths

The law’s complicated. It takes years to understand the ins and outs of just one field. Still, just because it’s hard to understand, doesn’t mean you should be fooled by all of the legal legends running around the internet. So, here’s my effort to debunk the top 3 legal myths you hear online.

Myth 1 – “If you complain about discrimination or harassment at work, they can just find some excuse to fire you.”
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Infographic: Timeline of a Civil Court Case

1407198775There are many stages to a civil court case, and it’s tough to keep them straight. I’ve tried to pull the information together in a way that’s easy to understand. After all, some information is just easier to digest visually.

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Primer: The Kluwe Lawsuit

Image by Paul L Dineen

Over the weekend, an interesting employment law story boiled over. Chris Kluwe is going to sue the Minnesota Vikings for discrimination. The story has been pretty well covered, but I’m going to add my thoughts to the discussion.


Minnesota has a long history of protecting gay rights.  In fact, the state passed the US’s first law banning discrimination against transgender individuals way back in 1993 when amended its Human Rights Act to cover homosexuals and trans people.

Chris Kluwe used to be the punter for the Minnesota Vikings. He’s never been shy about being a different sort of cat. (here he is Rick Rolling commissioner Goodell on Reddit).  He’s also been an outspoken supporter of gay rights. Continue reading “Primer: The Kluwe Lawsuit”

Employment Law: Retaliation


Most people suffering harassment or discrimination at work are scared of reporting it. They think their employer will just fire them if they rock the boat. This is why a lot of employers get away with illegal employment practices: they think no one will stand up to them. Employers aren’t allowed to retaliate against you like that though. Specifically, they can’t take an adverse action against a covered individual because he or she engaged in a protected activity. Read on to learn about what that means in practice.

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