Discrimination based on disability is a serious issue in Central Colorado, and it is essential for employers and employees to be aware of the laws that protect them. The Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are two of the most important pieces of legislation that prohibit discrimination in the workplace against people with disabilities and guarantee them equal opportunities. This article provides a comprehensive overview of the changes to CADA and the ADA that all Colorado employers and employees should be aware of. Under Title III of the ADA, private healthcare facilities are prohibited from discriminating against people with disabilities.
This law applies not only directly to healthcare facilities but also to corporate health care systems such as health maintenance organizations, preferred provider organizations, and other managed care entities that organize covered services through participating provider networks. The burden of proof falls on the health care entity to prove any affirmative defenses such as fundamental alteration, direct threat, or undue burden. The ADA also applies to private companies that consider themselves places of public accommodation. This means that they are legally obligated to take care of care and refrain from discriminatory practices in the selection of their clients. Amendment 2 to the Constitution of the state of Colorado provides that no city, town or county in the state can recognize homosexuals as a protected class through any law, regulation, ordinance or policy that would entitle them to quota preferences, to minority status or to claims of discrimination. The Colorado legislature recently approved significant changes to state employment discrimination laws enshrined in CADA.
This change aligns Colorado with federal employment discrimination laws by allowing plaintiffs up to 300 days to file a complaint with the Equal Opportunity Commission. In addition, it adds text to strengthen the current Colorado law related to protection against discrimination on the basis of disability for people with disabilities, specifically with regard to accessibility to government information technology. In conclusion, it is essential for employers and employees in Central Colorado to be aware of their rights under CADA and the ADA. These laws provide important protections against discrimination based on disability and guarantee equal opportunities for people with disabilities. By understanding these laws and their implications for employers and employees alike, everyone can work together to ensure a safe and equitable workplace.