Business owners have a responsibility to comply with state and federal employment laws. In general, laws that govern discrimination, harassment and employment contracts are aimed at protecting employees from being unfairly mistreated, fired or denied a position. However, because Colorado is an at-will employment state, a person can generally be fired at any time as long as there is no ill motive in the termination.
Business owners in Colorado are likely aware of how important it can be to protect certain elements of a business. The reputation and success of a company can be significantly damaged if an employee unlawfully distributes trade secrets or releases statements that disparage managers, bosses and even other co-workers. Unfortunately, it is easier than ever for people to disseminate these viewpoints and pieces of information online and on various social media sites.
Running a business can have a seemingly endless supply of challenges and legal issues that an owner must confront. In the interest of creating and maintaining the success of a business, there are times when an employer must make unpopular choices to protect his or her professional and personal interests. It is therefore very important to consult with a legal professional prior to making these decisions in order to avoid a lengthy and costly lawsuit.