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Welcome to the Colorado Civil Rights Division's website. The Mission of the Civil Rights Division is that the Division promotes and protects civil rights in the State of Colorado through education and enforcement of anti-discrimination laws in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodation.
Change in Colorado Statute: For purposes of age discrimination in employment claims with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, effective January 1, 2015 the Job Protection and Civil Rights Enforcement Act of 2013* defines the "age" of the class protected by statute as being a "chronological age of at least forty years." There is no upper age limit. *C.R.S. § 24-34-301(1).
Investigation The Colorado Civil Rights Division is charged with investigating claims of alleged discrimination. Discrimination is defined as adverse treatment based upon a person's protected group status. Enforcement activities are conducted by Division Investigators. Dispute Resolution The Division's Alternative Dispute Resolution Unit provides netural mediators who assist parties in attempting to resolve their dispute through mediation, including conciliation. Often, mediation results in a mutually beneficial resolution that saves both parties time and resources.
Training (click to review subject matter and enroll in Civil Rights Division classes in Employment and Fair Housing). The Civil Rights Division provides outreach and education to the citizens of Colorado about anti-discrimination laws and issues. The Division works with public and private organizations in conducting educational programs to eliminate interpersonal or intergroup tensions.
The Colorado Civil Rights Commission is a seven-member bipartisan panel whose mission is to: conduct hearings involving illegal discriminatory practices; advise the Governor and General Assembly regarding policies and legislation that address illegal discrimination; review appeals of cases investigated and dismissed by the Division; and adopt and amend rules and regulations to be followed in the enforcement of the state's statutes prohibiting discrimination (click to access dates of upcoming Commission meetings).
Denver - Main Office
1560 Broadway, Suite 1050
Personal bilingüe disponible
Grand Junction - Regional
222 South 6th Street, Suite 301
Pueblo - Regional
301 North Main Street, Suite 305
Pueblo, CO 81003
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1560 Broadway Street, Suite 1050, Denver CO 80202 303-894-2997
Colorado law prohibits discrimination in employment based on certain protected classes (characteristics). Examples of prohibited discriminatory practices include: failure to hire or promote, harassment, unequal compensation, termination, aiding and abetting, retaliation, and other practices.
Fair housing laws were enacted to provide equal housing opportunities. It is illegal to discriminate on the basis of a person's protected class in the sale, rental or financing of housing.
Places of public accommodation include such places as a restaurant, hospital, hotel, retail store, and public transportation, among others. Prohibited discriminatory practices in places of public accommodation must be based on certain protected classes and include: terms of service, denial of full and equal service, intimidation, failure to accommodate, advertising, retaliation, and other practices.
The Colorado Civil Rights laws were written to protect groups of people who historically have been or who might be discriminated against. These protected classes (characteristics) include: Disability, Race, Color, National Origin, Ancestry, Sexual Orientation, Sex (includes pregnancy), Creed, Religion (employment and housing only), Age (employment only), Marriage to a Co-Worker (employment only), Marital Status (housing and public accommodations only), and Familial Status (housing only).
If you are filing a discrimination complaint/Charge of Discrimination with the Civil Rights Division regarding employment, you must file a charge within six (6) months of the alleged discriminatory act. In regards to housing, the deadline to file is within one year of the alleged discriminatory act. And in public accommodations, the charge must be filed within sixty (60) days of the alleged discriminatory act. The filing of the complaint intake packet does not constitute the filing of the formal charge, therefore it must be submitted in time for you to file the signed and dated Charge of Discrimination.
The CCRD recommends some practices to avoid discrimination, including, but not limited to, periodic civil rights protections and responsibilities training, proper display of civil rights informational posters, review and consistent application of policies and procedures, dissemination of specific instructions on filing a complaint of discrimination, clear communication of zero tolerance for any form of discrimination, role model respectful conduct promoting equity and diversity, and timely and confidential treatment of all concerns of discrimination.
Colorado law defines individuals in the protected class of "Age" as those over the age of 40. Prior to January 1, 2015, Colorado law defined the protected class of "Age" to be between 40 and 70; the upper age limit is removed after January 1, 2015.