Discrimination, Mistreatment and Harassment

 

In general, employers in Colorado have significant latitude in how they treat their employees, as long as such treatment is not specifically prohibited by law or a contractual agreement. If an employee believes their employer's actions may have been illegal or discriminatory, the employee should contact the appropriate agency or seek legal counsel.

Employers are not allowed to discriminate in employment based upon any of the following factors:

  • Race
  • Color
  • National Origin
  • Ancestry
  • Creed
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Physical Disability
  • Mental Disability
  • Marriage to a Co-Worker (subject to specific circumstances)
  • Sexual Orientation

The Division of Labor cannot intervene in disputes involving allegations of discrimination or harassment. For information regarding discrimination, contact the Colorado Civil Rights Division (303-894-2997 or 800-262-4845) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) (303-866-1300 or 800-669-4000).

 

References

Advisory Bulletin: Employee Mistreatment and Discrimination, 14(II)
Colorado Revised Statutes 24-34-402 (Discriminatory or Unfair Employment Practices)
Colorado Revised Statutes 24-34-402.5  (Off Duty Legal Activities)
Colorado Revised Statutes 24-50.5-103 (Retaliation Prohibited)
Colorado Revised Statutes 8-4-120 (Discrimination or Retaliation)

Websites

Colorado Division of Civil Rights
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

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