Federal and state law prohibit Colorado employers from discriminating against employees based on certain characteristics, such as race or religion. (To learn more, see our page on employment discrimination and harassment.)
In all 50 states, federal law makes it illegal to discriminate based on:
In addition, Colorado state law also prohibits discrimination based on:
Several cities in the U.S. have their own laws protecting additional characteristics or extending protection to more employees. Contact your local government to learn more.
Federal antidiscrimination laws apply to Colorado employers with 15 or more employees, with the following exceptions:
In Colorado, the state's antidiscrimination law applies to all employers—except for discrimination based on marital status or civil union partnership with a coworker, which applies to employers with 25 or more employees.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the federal agency that regulates workplace discrimination. You can contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by calling 800-669-4000 or check out its website at www.eeoc.gov. The website will help you locate an EEOC field office in Colorado.
The Civil Rights Division enforces state antidiscrimination law in Colorado. You can contact the Civil Rights Division at 303-894-2997 or 800-262-4845 or go to its website.