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The Colorado Civil Rights Division (CCRD) is charged with enforcing the State's Anti-Discrimination laws in the areas of employment C.R.S § 24-34-402, housing C.R.S. § 24-34-502 and public accommodation C.R.S. § 24-34-602. The Division also engages in preventative measures by providing training to groups and information to individuals regarding current laws. The CCRD works in close cooperation with federal and local agencies and community-based organizations whose missions parallel its own. The CCRD maintains formal work-sharing agreements with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to avoid duplication of effort on those cases where joint jurisdiction (state and federal) exists.
The CCRD is charged with investigating claims of alleged discrimination. Discrimination is defined as differential treatment based upon a person's protected group status. Enforcement activities are conducted by the Division's Compliance Investigators.
Once the Division receives a fully completed intake packet the Intake staff will draft a charge of discrimination for your signature. After we have received a fully executed charge of discrimination a copy will be served promptly on the Respondent and the investigative process is initiated. As part of the investigation the Respondent will be asked to provide a written response to the allegation(s). You will be provided with a copy of the Respondent's position statement and will be afforded an opportunity to submit a rebuttal.
The Division also affords the parties the opportunity to participate in a voluntary mediation conference prior to the initiation of the investigation. If the parties wish to avail themselves of the mediation process they can contact the Division's representative.
Complementing the agency's enforcement efforts are prevention activities conducted by the Compliance unit. The Compliance unit works to prevent discrimination by:
informing the citizens of Colorado about anti-discrimination laws and related issues
cooperating with public and private organizations with parallel missions in conducting educational programs designed to eliminate racial or intergroup tensions
The Division provides various types of training and presentations throughout the state. Training may be provided upon request, or as a condition included in a settlement agreement.
Training typically focuses on one or more of the following issues:
fair employment laws and practices
fair housing laws and practices