Colorado Discrimination laws & HR compliance analysis

Colorado Discrimination: 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, gender identity, gender expression, 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. §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 status provisions that apply to employers with more than 25 employees.
Gender expression. Under the Act, the term “gender expression” means an individual’s way of reflecting and expressing the individual’s gender to the outside world, typically through appearance, dress, and behavior.
Gender identity. The term “gender identity” means an individual’s innate sense of the individual’s own gender, which may or may not correspond with the individual’s sex assigned at birth.
Race. The Act defines the term “race” to include hair texture, hair type, or a protective hairstyle that is commonly or historically associated with race. A “protective hairstyle” is defined to include hairstyles such as braids, locs, twists, tight coils or curls, cornrows, Bantu knots, Afros, and headwraps.
Sexual orientation. "Sexual orientation" is defined under the Act as a person's actual or perceived identity in relation to the gender or genders to which the person is sexually or emotionally attracted and the behavior or social affiliation that may result from the attraction. The Act expressly permits employers to establish a dress code for the workplace as long ...

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