Civil Rights Division - NEW LAWS
March 25, 2020: Colorado Civil Rights Commission Announces Public Hearing on Rulemaking, to be held on Friday, April 24th via teleconference - see Rulemaking Notice and proposed rules in the March 25, 2020 edition of the Colorado Register published by the Secretary of State.
March 6, 2020: Colorado House Bill 20-CROWN Act amends CADA at C.R.S. 24-34-301 (the "definitions" section of CADA) to define the term "Race" as: "includ[ing] hair texture, hair type, and or a protective hairstyle commonly or historically associated with race." The Act also defines "protective hairstyles" as:"includ[ing] such hairstyles as braids, locs, twists, tight coils or curls, cornrows, Bantu knots, Afros, and headwraps.The CROWN Act is to become effective 90 days after the close of the 2020 legislative session. This would mean an effective date of August 5, 2020 under a normal legislative schedule. However, due to the current recess because of the Corona-virus, the legislature may end later than usual thus pushing out the effective date. Full bill available here.
The Colorado Civil Rights Division (CCRD) promotes and protects civil rights in the areas of employment, housing and places of public accommodation. CCRD enforces the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act. We provide education and outreach in these areas.