The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies has issued an extensive change to the Discrimination notice, which is now focused solely on discrimination in employment. The previous information on discrimination in public accommodations and housing has been removed.
Employers should note that the provisions of the Discrimination in Employment law apply to all employers in the Centennial State.
Discrimination in Employment—What’s New?
Discriminatory or Unfair Employment Practices
The notice clarifies that it is a discriminatory or unfair employment practice for an employer to refuse to hire, fire, promote or demote, harass, or discriminate related to compensation and the terms, conditions, or privileges of employment based on an employee’s disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation (including transgender status), religion, age, national origin, ancestry, or marriage to a coworker.
Both disabled employees and those that fall under the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (i.e., employees with a health condition related to pregnancy or childbirth) are entitled to reasonable accommodations to perform the essential functions of their job unless the accommodation would cause undue hardship for the employer’s business.
Employees are protected from retaliation by an employer for opposing a discriminatory practice or participating in a discrimination investigation, proceeding, or hearing.
The updated Discrimination in Employment law also protects the right of an employee to share wage information at will and prevents an employer from retaliating against an employee for exercising that right.
Compliance Made Easy!
If you have not already done so, we encourage you to order our 1-Year Compliance Plan, so that you will automatically receive the updated Colorado poster as soon as it is available. And because we provide free poster updates for mandatory changes—no matter how many occur during the plan year—you can always count on Poster Compliance Center to keep your business in compliance.