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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Employment Law, Estate Planning and Family Law for Colorado on
Q: If I have to take a lower paying job to be close to my children will the court see this as under-employment?

My ex insists on living in a rural community where there are zero job opportunities for my career. To continue to work in my career I have to live in NYC. My children are suffering in bad schools full of high-school drop outs, getting into drugs and lots a bad stuff. I need to be with them and... Read more »

Sabra M. Janko
Sabra M. Janko answered on Jul 16, 2020

This is something that is within the discretion of a Judge so will depend on the evidentiary presentation.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Colorado on
Q: If you work 45 one week and 37 the next week is it legal to be paid 80 hours regular pay and 2 hours of overtime?
Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Jul 15, 2020

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, hourly-paid employees must be paid overtime at a rate of one-and-one-half times their regular rate of pay for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek. A "workweek" is a 7-day period (it can begin/end on any day of the week but spans 7 days regardless).... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Construction Law for Colorado on
Q: I recently received a court order to my home address of a company I managed in 2018, and was closed in august 2019.

The order was received at my home address, and stated on the order that it is the companies active office. When the company has been closed since august. I was just a manager and I’m getting the blame cause I was the point of contact. There was draining damage when we did pier drilling, and I was... Read more »

Donald C Eby
Donald C Eby answered on Jul 3, 2020

There is no way to give you good advise here. An attorney will need to see the documents you were served with to provide you with an assessment of your rights, remedies, and risks. And this could be serious, so you'll want to properly respond to avoid taking o liability. You should contact... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Colorado on
Q: I have been out of work because I lost my voice due to a mass on my throat

Offline having doctors send in documentation required by employer. I went through surgery on June 2nd got my voice back about a week later but days before I was sent a termination letter for attendance. Is it legal.

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Jul 1, 2020

The answer to this question will depend on what your company's attendance policy is and what kind of documentation your doctors sent over. It will also depend on what your job duties were and for how long you needed to be out of work. You may potentially have a claim for disability... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Employment Law and White Collar Crime for Colorado on
Q: What should be my steps to address a manager (family member) who there is evidence of embezzling, money laundering, the

The illegal activities have been going on for four+ years. Additional problems include missing records and failure to return key business information such as passwords and financial information. IRS, state/local sales tax and lodging taxes have gone unpaid. What are steps (and with whom) regarding... Read more »

Donald C Eby
Donald C Eby answered on Jun 17, 2020

If you want to get your money back, I recommend that you contact a local attorney to review your facts and damages. Then you can have a detailed discussion about your rights, remedies, risks, strengths and weaknesses of your case, the law, timeline, etc.

Q: An interviewer of a fortune 500 company told me i couldnt do the job because of my disability
Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Jun 10, 2020

Your question does not provide enough detail to analyze whether this would violate the law. If you are an otherwise qualified individual who was not offered the position because of your disability, then you may have a claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act. However, you would not be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Colorado on
Q: Is it wrongful termination if my husband had doctor excuses?

My husband was fired after being absent with doctor notes due to medical issues potentially caused by his job.

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on May 27, 2020

It depends on the size of your husband's employer and the protections that may be available to him under the law. Do you know if your husband was eligible for protected leave under the Family Medical Leave Act? If not, he may have been entitled to a reasonable accommodation under the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Colorado on
Q: Can the owner of the resort I work at make me do work for the private residences on property?

I work in maintenance at a resort that has private residences on property. The owner of the resort is asking our crew to do work at those residences while on the clock.

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on May 20, 2020

I'm not quite sure I see how you are damaged or harmed by this. Your employer can direct you to perform any type of work as long as you are being paid in compliance with minimum wage and overtime laws. If you are not being compensated for this work you are performing, that would be a different... Read more »

Q: If I was hurt at work by another employee do I still qualify for no fault work coverage for my medical bills?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on May 18, 2020

It could depend on the circumstances. If you consulted with a workers' comp attorney, they would be in the best position to evaluate your situation. There are certain types of injuries not covered, and a WC attorney would have better insight into this than personal injury attorneys. It's... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Employment Law, Family Law and Business Law for Colorado on
Q: I own a business and employ my husband. His ex is demanding my business records as disclosures. What are my rights.

All business accounts are in my name only. I have a contract showing I purchased the business, not my husband. It is a medical practice. Some of what they are asking for are HIPAA protected. I would not give this information to my husband. The ex-wife filed a motion stating she wants it because she... Read more »

D. Mathew Blackburn
D. Mathew Blackburn answered on May 13, 2020

Until his ex actually produces a subpoena or some other formal discovery request you don't have to provide anything. Once a formal request is made you would respond under the rules associated with that request. Just explain all the different reasons why the documents are not applicable,... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Health Care Law for Colorado on
Q: Can my job ask and share health questions and personal identifying information?

My job started asking screening questions such as temperature, presence of any of the following: cough, chills, lack of taste or smell, fever, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. They record responses, as well as first and last name, and department that I am employed by. This information is supposed to... Read more »

Nelson Patrick Boyle
Nelson Patrick Boyle answered on May 11, 2020

The HIPAA laws regarding the COVID-19 pandemic have been changed. This is a question you'll want to talk directly to a lawyer about. Off-hand, I can think of serveral facts that are not included in your query that could change the answer. The Colorado Bar Association ( can... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Colorado on
Q: I was terminated after voicing my concerns over COVID-19 & working from home. Is that okay?


Joel Perry Glaser
Joel Perry Glaser answered on Apr 9, 2020

This potentially is retaliation under your state's whistleblower statute. I recommend you contact an employment attorney.

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Family Law for Colorado on
Q: I can't seem to find anything on common law marriage in Colorado other than age restrictions.

I am looking for something that explains if its legally binding

John Hyland Barrett III
John Hyland Barrett III answered on Mar 20, 2020

Colorado recognizes CLM. It is equally valid as a ceremonial marriage. It requires that both of you intend to be married and that you live together. This is usually indicated by holding yourselves out to the community as a married couple. Also, you need to be legally able to be married-e.g: not... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Colorado on
Q: I complained about gender discrimination at work & it just got worse & my boss emailed my recorded personal calls to

other employees. We were told he only recorded us to listen in sales meeting to our conversations with clients & prospects. I am in shock & humiliated & frustrated. I need to know my rights in Colorado on gender discrimination in the workplace & wire tapping laws.

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Mar 11, 2020

You may have a retaliation claim based on your complaint of sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In order to establish this claim, you'll need to prove (1) you complained of sex discrimination, (2) your employer took an adverse action against you, and (3) there... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Colorado on
Q: Hi There i was fired a week ago on saterday with out warning is this legal then was told 3 diffrent reasons i had no war
Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Feb 5, 2020

Colorado is an at-will employment state, meaning either you or your employer can terminate the employment relationship at any time, for any reason or no reason at all (as long as the reason isn't discriminatory). Unfortunately, this means that your employer does not need to give you any... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Employment Law and Sexual Harassment for Colorado on
Q: My boss has made sexual comments, attempt to break into my cabin on property, and groping another employee. what next?

He has tried forcing himself on several employees while we are at work. He is generally intoxicated. There are several females involved and a few are willing to come forward. He was an ex-police officer. He has a lot of family in law enforcement.

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Jan 30, 2020

You and others who have witnessed your boss' behavior should immediately report your boss's conduct in writing in accordance with your employer's policy for reporting such violations. If your employer does not have a policy, report the conduct to your boss' supervisor and to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Colorado on
Q: Can you be fired for a work schedule change you weren’t notified of?

Hi. Every week I take a photo of my work schedule that’s posted each Sunday. This past Sunday, according to my schedule I was supposed to come in on Wednesday. When I arrived today (Wednesday), my boss told me he had changed the schedule and that I was actually supposed to come in on Tuesday... Read more »

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Jan 23, 2020

Unfortunately, there is no violation here. While this situation is unfair to you, you live in an at-will employment state, meaning you or your employer may terminate the employment relationship for any reason or for no reason at all (as long as the reason is not discriminatory).

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Civil Litigation for Colorado on
Q: Won a labor case and then won the appeal Recieved the final order and decision Now served with a civil summons

Does the Certified Final order and decision Trump the civil summons for this case.?

Donald C Eby
Donald C Eby answered on Jul 9, 2019

It is really impossible to answer your question based on the scant facts. You have been served with a lawsuit, even if the lawsuit is a loser (for the Plaintiff) you must answer and assert your defense. I recommend that you contact an attorney to review the facts of the first case and the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts and Employment Law for Colorado on
Q: Can a director who is paid a salary also work as independent contractor for the same company and be paid as such

A programs director for an agency that takes care of people with Developmental Disabilities is paid as a programs director but also serves clients from his agency and is paid as independent contractor for serving the clients in his house

D. Mathew Blackburn
D. Mathew Blackburn answered on Jun 17, 2019

Yes, but the differentiation in roles and the basis for contractor treatment should be documented and retained for audit and an independent contractor agreement should be signed.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Copyright and Employment Law for Colorado on
Q: Hello, I want to know if I can create an app that gives people dating advice & helps them update their profiles?

I was wondering if it’s illegal to create an app that gives people dating advice, as well as help people get their online profiles up to date and make them more presentable for the type of person that they’re looking for. I would state that I’m not a therapist or anything like that. But was... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 18, 2019

If you undertake this plan without having the input of at least two lawyers you will probably regret it. This situation is one that brings to mind the ancient warning: "If it looks too good to be true, it probably isn't."

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