Colorado Religious Discrimination laws & HR compliance analysis

Colorado Religious Discrimination: What you need to know

The Colorado Antidiscrimination Act prohibits employment discrimination based on religion or creed (i.e., a sincerely held religious, moral, or ethical belief) (CO Rev. Stat. Sec. 24-34-401et seq.). The Act applies to all employers in the state except for religious corporations, associations, educational institutions, or societies with respect to employing an individual of a particular religion to perform work connected with the carrying on of the institution's activities. Under the Act, it is unlawful to:
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• Refuse to hire or promote, to discharge, to harass during the course of employment, or otherwise discriminate in the compensation of any person because of creed or religion.
• Print or circulate any statement or advertisement for employment or application for employment that expresses a limitation, specification, or discrimination as to creed or religion, unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ).
• Aid, compel, or coerce any discriminatory or unfair employment practice.
• Discriminate against any person who has filed a charge of discrimination or testified, assisted, or participated in any investigation, proceeding, or hearing regarding a claim of discrimination.
• Deny participation in an apprenticeship training program, an on-the-job training program, or any other occupational instruction, training, or retraining program.
• Make any inquiry in connection with prospective employment that expresses a limitation, specification, or discrimination as to creed or religion, unless based on a BFOQ.
It is permissible to hire an individual on the basis of religion or creed as long as the characteristic is a BFOQ reasonably necessary to the normal operation of the particular ...

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