Bill Number: SB15-069
ACLU Position: Oppose
In 2013, the general assembly enacted HB13-1136, the Job Protection and Civil Rights Enforcement Act of 2013 (act), which established compensatory and punitive damage remedies, as well as front pay, for a person who proves that an employer engaged in a discriminatory or unfair employment practice under state law. These remedies were created in addition to equitable relief, such as back pay, reinstatement, or hiring, that was already available to employment discrimination victims. Additionally, the act:
• Expanded age discrimination claims under state law to persons 70 years of age or older;
• Authorized the use of moneys in the risk management fund to pay claims for ompensatory damages against the state or its officials or employees; and
• Required the state civil rights commission to create a volunteer working group to assist in education and outreach efforts and provide the commission with information to post on its web site regarding educational resources available to employers to help them understand and comply with antidiscrimination laws.
With the exception of the expansion of age-based discrimination claims to individuals who are 70 years of age or older, the bill repeals all components of the act and restores the equitable relief remedies that were available to employment discrimination victims making claims under state law prior to the passage of the act.
04/20/2015 - House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
03/27/2015 - Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
03/24/2015 - Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/17/2015 - Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 03/20/2015 - No Amendments
02/09/2015 - Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Appropriations
01/14/2015 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
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