Colorado Equal Pay/Comparable Worth laws & HR compliance analysis

Colorado Equal Pay/Comparable Worth: What you need to know

The Colorado Equal Pay Law prohibits all employers from discriminating in the amount or rate of employees' wages solely based on an employee's sex (CO Rev. Stat. Sec. 8-5-101 et seq.). Additionally, the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act prohibits employers from discriminating in matters of compensation against any person based on disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin, or ancestry (CO Rev. Stat. Sec. 24-34-401 et seq.).
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Wage disclosure. The Anti-Discrimination Act makes it unlawful for an employer to:
• Discharge, discipline, discriminate against, coerce, intimidate, threaten, or interfere with any employee or other person who has inquired about, disclosed, compared, or otherwise discussed the employee's wages.
• Require nondisclosure by an employee as a condition of employment.
• Require an employee to sign a waiver or document that denies the employee the right to disclose wage information (CO Rev. Stat. Sec. 24-34-402).
The provision applies to all employers, regardless of size.
Effective January 1, 2021, the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act (CO Rev. Stat. Sec. 8-5-102) prohibits all public and private employers from pay discrimination based on sex or based on sex in combination with a characteristic protected under the Anti-Discrimination Act. Under the law, employers are prohibited from paying an employee of one sex at a wage rate lower than the rate paid to an employee of a different sex for substantially similar work, regardless of job title, based on a composite of skill, effort (which may include consideration of shiftwork), and responsibility. The law defines “sex” to mean an employee’s gender identity.
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White Papers Why is there still a gender pay gap?
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