Elizabeth B. Chilcoat

Associate

Denver, Colorado

Phone: 303.299.8070

Fax: 303.298.0940

echilcoat@shermanhoward.com

Education

  • Juris Doctor, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, 2008
    • with Honors
    • Primary Editor, Washington University Global Studies Law Review
  • Former Certification, Professional in Human Resources
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Grinnell College, 2000
    • cum laude
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Elizabeth Chilcoat has more than a decade of experience advising businesses of all sizes and at every stage on labor and employment law issues.

Elizabeth is also a former human resource professional and has worked closely with in-house legal teams. She possesses firsthand insight into the challenges her clients face, and has deep and direct knowledge of human resource management best practices. Elizabeth’s diverse skillset allows her to provide practical advice for minimizing legal risks and to assist businesses in developing and implementing policies to best manage employees and optimize their human resource function.

Elizabeth has handled a range of employment litigation and administrative claims and investigations, including those arising under federal and state discrimination, retaliation, leave, and wage and hour laws. When appropriate, Elizabeth has assisted clients to reach favorable settlements of legal claims raised against them. Elizabeth has expertise in addressing issues that arise under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and the Colorado Wage Act.

Elizabeth has represented clients from a variety of industries, ranging from hospitals and medical practices to hotels and restaurants; from advertising businesses to defense contractors; from agricultural and heavy industry to banks and credit unions.

Experience

  • Routinely represents employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Colorado Civil Rights Division, and other state and local anti-discrimination enforcement authorities.
  • Successfully defended on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit a favorable judgment for an employer accused of wrongfully discharging an employee in violation of public policy and on constructive discharge claims.
  • Obtained a favorable judgment for an employer on claims that it discriminated and retaliated against an employee based on disability.
  • Defended an overseas military contractor against wrongful discharge, outrageous conduct, and discrimination claims.
  • Negotiated a no-cost settlement of misappropriation of trade secrets claims for a manufacturer.
  • Obtained dismissal without a trial on claims that an employer retaliated against an employee who requested leave under the FMLA.
  • Negotiated low-cost resolution of a U.S. Department of Labor investigation of child labor and minimum wage violations.
  • Defended a hotel against wrongful discharge in violation of public policy claims related to employee’s role in ensuring the safety of hotel rooms and employee areas.
  • Negotiated no-cost resolution of discrimination and retaliation claims against a joint venture.
  • Defended an employer in a Department of Labor investigation involving alleged violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act by the employer’s third-party leave administrator.
  • Successfully defended call center against claims of failure to accommodate disability, and retaliation for seeking accommodation and using FMLA leave.

Publications & Presentations

PUBLICATIONS

  • Denver Stay-At-Home Order
    Sherman & Howard Labor & Employment Blog | March 24, 2020
  • Paid Sick Leave
    Sherman & Howard Labor & Employment Advisory | March 20, 2020
  • Equal Pay in a #MeToo World
    Sherman & Howard Labor & Employment Blog | March 19, 2018
  • Pinkie Promises or Blood Oaths? Using Social Clauses in U.S. Free Trade Agreements to Eradicate Child Labor
    7 Washington University Global Stud. L. Rev. 307 | 2008

 

PRESENTATIONS

  • Red! Blue! Purple! Navigating Political Speech at Work
    Sherman & Howard 2020 Labor & Employment Conference | October 1, 2020
  • Me! Me too! Me three! Navigating the Changing Waters of Workplace Harassment
    Annual Colorado Labor & Employment Law Conference | May 2019
  • Crisis: It Happens
    Annual Colorado Labor & Employment Law Conference | May 2018
  • The Colorado General Assembly’s 2017 Cornucopia: A Legislative Update
    Annual Colorado Labor & Employment Law Conference | May 2017
  • The EEOC’s ‘Reboot’ of Your Workplace Harassment Prevention Efforts
    Annual Arizona Labor & Employment Law Conference | April 2017
  • Exit Barriers: What Employees Can’t Waive Now
    Annual Colorado Labor & Employment Law Conference Agenda | May 2016
  • Exit Barriers: What Employees Can’t Waive Now
    Annual Arizona Labor & Employment Seminar | April 2016
  • Coastal Squeeze: State Law Trends
    Annual Colorado Labor & Employment Law Conference | April 2015
  • Hospitality HR Bootcamp
    Annual Colorado Labor & Employment Law Conference | April 2015
  • Ready, Aim, Hire!
    Annual Arizona Labor & Employment Law Conference | April 2015

Professional Activities

  • Former Recording Secretary, Denver Biennial of the Americas Board of Directors

Highlights

  • Best Lawyers in America, “Ones to Watch,” Labor and Employment Law – Management, Denver (2021)
  • Super Lawyers, “Rising Star,” Colorado (2013-2018)