Charlotte N. Sweeney

Attorney Profile: Charlotte N. Sweeney

Sweeney and Bechtold, LLC

Charlotte N. Sweeney is a Colorado native and founding member of the firm Sweeney & Bechtold, LLC. She received her degree of Juris Doctor from the University of Denver College of Law in 1995, where she graduated summa cum laude as the National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Graduate.

From the very start of her career, Charlotte has been devoted to the representation of employees in employment matters. She represents both private and federal sector employees in matters of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, whistleblower claims, wrongful discharge, contractual disputes, and other federal and state law claims related to all phases of the employment relationship. Charlotte is a frequent lecturer regarding employment law and employment litigation, and has been retained as an expert witness in several cases.

The National Advocates

Charlotte has been named as one of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Employment Law–Individuals and Litigation–Labor and Employment. She has been recognized as a Colorado Super Lawyer in the area of Employment Law, an honor limited to five percent of Colorado attorneys, every year since the program’s inception in 2005. Charlotte has been recognized as one of the Top 50 female attorneys in Colorado and the Benchmark Plaintiff Top 150 Women in Litigation nationwide. In 2009, she was honored as a Fellow of the Colorado Bar Foundation, an honor limited to five percent of Colorado lawyers, for "outstanding dedication to the welfare of the community, the traditions of the profession and the maintenance and advancement of the objectives of the Colorado Bar Association."

Charlotte served as the Co­Chair of the Colorado Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section from 2007­2009. Since 2003, she has served on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association (PELA), and formerly served as President of PELA in 2005 and 2006. She is the 2014 President­Elect of the Faculty of Federal Advocates and the Chair of the FFA Committee charged with drafting Model Employment Law Jury Instructions. She is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, the Colorado Women's Bar Association, the Colorado Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association, and the National Employment Lawyers Association.

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • Family Responsibility Discrimination: Enforcing the Rights of Caregivers in the Workplace, THE COLORADO LAWYER (October 2012).
  • Settlement and Mediation, THE PRACTITIONER’S GUIDE TO COLORADO EMPLOYMENT LAW (2d Ed.).
  • Tenth Circuit Survey: Employment Law, 71 DENV. U.L. REV. 945 (1994).
  • "The Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure," CLE in Colorado, Inc. (July 2014).
  • "Winning the Summary Judgment Battle," Colorado Bar Association Labor & Employment Section (June 2014).
  • "Associational Discrimination," Employment Law 2014, CLE in Colorado, Inc. (March 2014).
  • "Fly on the Wall: What Goes on in the Other Room During a Mediation," Workplace Discrimination, CLE in Colorado, Inc. (January 2014).
  • "Like Sands Through the Hourglass: Handling Romantic Relationships in the Workplace," Employment Law 2013, CLE in Colorado, Inc. (April 2013).
  • "Retaliation in the Workplace: The Impact of University of Southwestern Texas v. Nassar," Employment Law Fall Update, CLE in Colorado, Inc. (November 2013).
  • "The Effect of Bankruptcy on Employment Law Claims," Colorado Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association Annual Retreat (August 2012).
  • "The Intersection of Bankruptcy and Employment Law," Employment Law 2012, CLE in Colorado, Inc. (May 2012).
  • "War and Peace: Handling Claims of a Current Employee," 2011 Colorado Employment Law Conference, CLE in Colorado, Inc. (May 2011).
  • "Damages in the Employment Discrimination Case," Employment Law Practice, CLE in Colorado, Inc. (October 2010).
  • "Family Responsibilities Discrimination: The New Tool in the Employment Litigator’s Toolbox," CLE in Colorado, Inc. (September 2010).
  • "The Attorney’s Fee Petition­How to Prepare It and Defend Against It," 2010 Colorado Employment Law Conference, CLE in Colorado, Inc. (May 2010).
  • "Family: The Ties that Bind (but May Derail a Career)," 33 Colorado Women’s Bar Association Convention (May 2010).
  • "Jury Instructions in Federal Cases," Federal Practice Update, CLE in Colorado, Inc. (February 2010).
  • "Civil Rights/Employment Law Update: The Americans with Disabilities Act," 48th Annual Workshop on Transportation Law (July 2009).
  • "How the ADA Amendments Act Affects You," 2009 Colorado Employment Law Conference, CLE In Colorado, Inc. (May 2009).
  • "The Increasing Power of Stereotyping Claims," Employment Law Update, CLE in Colorado, Inc. (September 2008).
  • "Damages in the Employment Discrimination Case," Employment Law: Hot Topics and Core Skills, CLE in Colorado, Inc. (May 2008).
  • "Bankruptcy Issues in Employment Cases," Colorado Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association (May 2008).
  • "Current Issues in Family Responsibility Discrimination and "Sex-Plus" Discrimination," 2008 Colorado Employment Law Conference, CLE In Colorado, Inc. (February 2008).
  • "Do I Need an Expert?," 2006 Colorado Employment Law Conference, CLE In Colorado, Inc. (October 2006).
  • "Sex­Plus and Other Compound Discrimination Claims," 2005 Colorado Employment Law Conference, CLE In Colorado, Inc. (October 2005).
  • "Summary Judgment Arguments that Win," 2003 Colorado Employment Law Conference, CLE In Colorado, Inc. (October 2003).
  • "Recurring Discovery Disputes in Employment Cases," Colorado Bar Association Labor & Employment Section (June 2003).
  • "Proving Non­Economic Damages," 2002 Colorado Employment Law Conference, CLE in Colorado, Inc. (October 2002).
  • "Litigating and Proving Damages," Employment Law: Advanced Litigation Techniques, CLE in Colorado, Inc. (November 2001).
  • "Employer Liability for Supervisory Harassment: Burlington, Faragher and the EEOC’s Enforcement Guidelines," 1999 Employment Law Conference (November 1999).