Colorado law prohibits employers from:
• Controlling the action of its employees in casting their votes.
• Refusing to allow an employee to take time off to vote as provided by state law.
• Enclosing in employees' pay envelopes political mottoes or arguments containing threats intended to influence the political opinions or actions of employees.
• Within 90 days of an election, exhibiting in the workplace any notice indicating that work will cease or wages will be reduced if a particular ticket or candidate is elected. Violation of this law is a misdemeanor.
If convicted, violators may be subject to a maximum fine of $1,000, a year in jail, or both (CO Rev. Stat. Sec. 1-13-719, Sec. 1-13-111).
In addition, employers are prohibited from forbidding or preventing employees from participating in politics or serving in public office. Violators are subject to a maximum fine of $2,000, a year in jail, or both (CO Rev. Stat. Sec. 8-2-108).
State employees are protected from discrimination on the basis of political affiliation or activity by the Colorado Personnel Board Rules (CO Code Regs. Tit. 4 Sec. 801).
Reviewed April 2015.