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Colorado Amends Its Anti-Discrimination Act

The Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (“CADA”) has been amended (HB 22-1367) to extend the time within which a worker may allege a violation of CADA from 180 days to 300 days to file a charge. This change is consistent with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) to file a charge. The amendments also expand the remedies available to employees who allege they have suffered age discrimination by permitting punitive damages to be collected, in addition to, reinstatement, back pay, front pay and liquidated damages. Another key highlight from the amendments is the expanded definition of employee to include domestic workers.

Next Steps for Employers

Employers who have Equal Employment and Harassment/Non-Discrimination policies in their employee handbooks may need to update any reference to the timeframe for filing a complaint under CADA. Employers should ensure that annual training is provided for all employees (including supervisors/managers) on non-harassment and non-discrimination to reduce claims of harassment, discrimination or retaliation in the workplace.

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