The television show "Desperate Housewives" has many fans in the Denver, Colorado, area. Nicollette Sheridan, a star of the series, is involved in a long-running dispute with the show, its creator and the ABC Television Network. Sheridan's position is that she was fired from the show in retaliation for filing a claim against the show's creator. Last week, a Los Angeles judge dismissed the star's wrongful termination lawsuit.
Although many changes have been made in terms of workplace safety, wage and hour laws and employee protections sexual harassment remains a very serious issue in many work environments. No employee in Denver or anywhere else has to suffer in a hostile work environment where promotions are based on sexuality, inappropriate jokes are told or unwanted sexual advancements are made.
There may be times when the facts surrounding a wrongful termination case can be fairly cut and dry. Then, there are those times when a "he said, she said" case comes along. This type of wrongful termination case can be virtually impossible to prove, one way or the other, without witnesses to the alleged behavior. Such was the case in Colorado when a former employee of the Trinidad Ambulance District filed a civil suit against the district, its director and a paramedic for alleged sexual harassment and racial discrimination. The complaint was filed on Oct. 20 in the Las Animas County District Court.
Employers in Colorado and across the United States are held to the highest standards to ensure that the rights of their employees are protected in the workplace. When accusations of discrimination, retaliation or sexual harassment arise, a company is required under state and federal laws to properly address the issue.