Civil Rights

Colorado civil rights laws encompass areas of discriminatory practices in housing, employment, public accommodations, advertising and in dealing with people with disabilities. Our lawyers are knowledgeable in all of these civil rights laws, their specific statutes and penalties for violating these laws.

Colorado Civil Rights Laws at a Glance

Housing: Colorado prohibits refusing to show, rent, sell, lease or transfer housing, or otherwise make unavailable housing because of a person’s race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, disability, creed or marital/familial status.

Employment: An employer cannot refuse to hire a person because of race, sex, creed, color, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, age or disability. An employer cannot promote/demote, discharge or harass an employee or use discriminatory practices in matters of conditions, terms, compensation or privileges of employment based on the same factors. An employer can refuse to hire a disabled person if there is lack of reasonable accommodations on the premises, if the disability automatically disqualifies a person for a job or if the disability significantly impacts the job.

Employment agencies may not refuse to list and properly classify or refer a person for employment in a known available job for which the person is qualified because of race, color, creed, sex, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, age or ancestry. An employment agency may not comply with an employer’s request that directly or indirectly indicates the employer discriminates in employment on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, age or ancestry. An employment agency may refuse to list and properly classify or refer a disabled person for employment in a known available job for which the person is qualified but there is no reasonable accommodation the prospective employer can make with regard to the disability — the disability automatically disqualifies a person for the job and the disability significantly impacts the job.

Public accommodations: Any place of business engaged in sales to the public or offering accommodations, privileges, services, facilities or advantages to the public may not refuse to directly or indirectly deny or withhold full and equal enjoyment of facilities, goods, services, advantages, privileges or accommodations from a group or individual because of race, color, creed, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, ancestry or marital status.

Discriminatory advertising: An owner, manager, proprietor, superintendent, lessee, agent or employee of any resort, amusement park or place of public accommodation may not issue, publish, send, circulate, give away, distribute or display any communication intended to discriminate or actually discriminates because of race, color, creed, disability, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, nationality or ancestry.

Persons with disabilities: Persons who are blind, visually impaired, fully and partially deaf, and otherwise disabled have the right to fully participate in the social and economic life of the state and secure gainful employment.