Colorado Civil Rights laws & HR compliance analysis

Colorado Civil Rights: What you need to know

The Colorado Antidiscrimination Act prohibits discrimination or harassment in employment based on disability, race, creed, color, sex (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation, religion, national origin, ancestry, or age (40 or older). The Act also prohibits employers from discharging or refusing to hire a person who is married to or plans to marry an employee of the employer (CO Rev. Stat. Sec. 24-34-401 et seq.). The Act applies to all employers with employees in the state, regardless of the number of employees, except for the marital provisions that apply to employers with more than 25 employees.
Sexual orientation. "Sexual orientation" is defined under the Act as a person's actual or perceived orientation toward heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, or transgender status. The Act expressly permits employers to establish a dress code for the workplace as long as the dress code is applied consistently.
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The Act also makes it unlawful for employers to prohibit employees from disclosing wage information or to require employees to waive their right to disclose wage information.
Harassment. “Harassment” is unlawful discrimination when it is based on an individual's protected class status, is severe or pervasive, and has the effect of creating a hostile work environment (3 CO Code Regs. 708-1 Rule 85.1). Additional information is available.
Retaliation. The Act prohibits employers from discriminating against an employee who has filed a discrimination complaint or has participated in a discrimination investigation.
Religious organizations or associations are not covered by the Act unless they are supported by public funds. An exception to the Act permits a ...

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