Drew D. Hintze†
On January 1, 2015, legislation amending Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA) will take effect significantly impacting Colorado businesses. The amendments stem from the Colorado Job Protection and Civil Rights Enforcement Act of 2013 (the Job Protection Act or the Act), signed by Governor John Hickenlooper on May 6, 2013. The Act is intended to prevent workplace discrimination and to create one uniform standard for protection against discrimination. The Job Protection Act reforms current provisions of CADA to allow for rights and remedies previously unavailable, including compensatory and punitive damages, as well as attorney fees, against employers in employment discrimination cases where intentional discrimination is proven.