Colorado Civil Rights Division invites Grand Junction community to civil rights seminars and public input meetings Sept. 23-24

Grand Junction, Colo. - (Sept. 21, 2015) -  Residents of Grand Junction and its surrounding communities are invited to meet Colorado Civil Rights Commission members and Colorado Civil Rights Division staff to discuss issues, concerns and provide input involving their communities and civil rights. There will be two public meetings and two educational sessions, all free and open to the public, taking place Sept. 23-24.

“Anti-Discrimination in Employment” Seminar
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Mesa County Public Library, 443 N. 6th Street, Grand Junction
Free

This seminar covers the basics of Colorado employment discrimination, including an overview of the groups of people protected from discrimination by law, discriminatory harassment, sexual harassment in the workplace, as well as the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees. It includes an overview of the Colorado Job Protection and Civil Rights Enforcement Act and the enhanced and new remedies provided to successful employment litigants under the Act.  

“Fair Housing” Seminar
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Mesa County Public Library, 443 N. 6th Street, Grand Junction
Free

This seminar provides an introduction to discrimination in housing, focusing on discrimination due to disability and the reasonable accommodations and modifications required by federal and state law.

Public Meeting & Forum with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and Colorado Civil Rights Division
Thursday, Sept. 24
Center for Independence, 740 Gunnison Avenue, Grand Junction
Refreshments provided

-       4 p.m.: The Colorado Civil Rights Commission will hold its monthly meeting. The public is invited.
-       5:30 p.m.: Civil Rights Commission members and Colorado Civil Rights Division staff will listen and answer questions. The information gathered will assist them in developing plans to offer to policymakers, as well as serve as important mechanism to better understand current civil rights issues affecting the community. While the Civil Rights Commission expects and encourages an open discussion on a variety of civil rights issues, the Colorado Civil Rights Division’s jurisdiction for enforcing the state’s civil rights laws are in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations.

For more information, please call the Civil Rights Division at 303-894-7805, dora.colorado.gov/crd

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