Enhanced Anti-Discrimination Law Now in Effect

(Aug. 7) – A new law went into effect today to help ensure that women, minorities and LGBT Coloradans have recourse for workplace discrimination.

HB13-1136, sponsored by Reps. Claire Levy (D-Boulder) and Joe Salazar (D-Thornton), updates the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act by bringing state remedies in line with federal law, allowing compensatory and/or punitive damages and attorneys’ fees to be awarded in cases of intentional discrimination or harassment. It covers all employers, regardless of the size of the company, but it caps damages based on the size and assets of the company.

“Discrimination is discrimination, whether it takes place in the largest company or the smallest,” Rep. Levy said. “This bill allows victims of sexual harassment or racial discrimination in the workplace to seek justice.”

Colorado becomes the 43rd state to implement similar or stricter laws.

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