Senate Bill 72, which would ensure that all Coloradans have protection against workplace discrimination, passed the Senate on a party-line vote today. Elena Fairley, a public policy fellow at the Bell, presented an Opportunity Note to senators and wrote the following summary of the issue.
Workplace discrimination is against the law. But in Colorado, not all people have access to legal recourse when the law is broken.
This bill represents a net opportunity gain for Colorado. It would enable more victims of discrimination and harassment in the workplace to seek redress through the court system, which would protect workers from unfair discriminatory practices. This would contribute to lower employee turnover, better work environments and greater productivity.