Colorado ADA laws & safety compliance analysis

Colorado ADA: What you need to know

Comparison: State vs. Federal

The Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act prohibits employment practices that discriminate or harass on the basis of disability (CO Rev. Stat. Sec. 24-34-401 et seq.). Under the Act, it is not a discriminatory or an unfair employment practice for an employer to discriminate if there is no reasonable accommodation that the employer can make with regard to an individual's disability, the disability actually disqualifies the person from the job, and the disability has a significant impact on the job (CO Rev. Stat. Sec. 24-34-402). The Act covers all employers, regardless of size. Separate laws also prohibit disability discrimination by state agencies and by employers supported in whole or in part by public funds.

State Requirements
'Disability' Defined
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The term "disability" means a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a record of such an impairment, or being regarded as having such an impairment (3 CO Code Regs. 708-1:60.1)

The term "physical impairment" includes any physiological disorder or condition, cosmetic disfigurement, anatomical loss, or any other impairment affecting one or more of the following body systems including, for example: neurological, musculoskeletal, special sense organs, reproductive, cardiovascular, hemic and lymphatic, skin, and endocrine. It also includes diseases and conditions such as orthopedic, visual, speech, and hearing impairments; cerebral palsy; epilepsy; muscular dystrophy; cancer; heart disease; diabetes; and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection.

"Mental impairment" means any mental or psychological disorder, such as mental retardation, emotional or mental illness, and specific learning disabilities. ...

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