The law in Central Colorado is crystal clear: everyone must be protected regardless of their disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or marriage. This applies to all public places, including schools. In 1977, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court warned that a bill that would prohibit women from participating in contact sports with men would be discriminatory and, therefore, invalid under the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). In 1987, the Texas Supreme Court held that the gender distinction established in the state's family code in relation to the parental authority of children born out of wedlock violated the state's equal rights amendment because the state's interest in the welfare of children can be exercised without discrimination on the basis of sex.
The court reasoned that a classification based on a physical characteristic exclusive to one sex is not an inadmissible classification that includes or is too inclusive. In addition, the Colorado Court of Appeals held that the state's ERA prohibited the continuation and application of the presumption that the husband owned all household items and property in the marriage. This change aligns Colorado with federal employment discrimination laws, allowing plaintiffs to file a complaint with the Equal Opportunity Commission within 300 days. Referring to the California Constitution in making its decision, the court stated that “the provision reflects, without a doubt, a fundamental public policy against discrimination in public or private employment on the basis of sex. Article 40-c of the Civil Rights Act does not specify its law against discrimination in public places, but rather prohibits discrimination by any other person or any company, corporation or institution, or by the state or any agency or subdivision of the state. It is evident that Central Colorado has taken significant steps to ensure that gender discrimination is prohibited throughout its jurisdiction.
The law states that everyone must be protected regardless of their disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or marriage, and this applies to all public places. Furthermore, any bill that would prohibit women from participating in contact sports with men would be considered discriminatory and invalid under the ERA. Finally, any presumption that husbands own all household items and property in a marriage is also prohibited under Colorado law. The legal framework established by Central Colorado is an important step towards ensuring equality for all citizens. It is essential for everyone to understand their rights and responsibilities under this law so they can take action if they feel they have been discriminated against on the basis of their gender.
It is also important for employers to be aware of their obligations under this law so they can ensure they are providing a safe and equitable workplace for all employees. Gender discrimination is a serious issue and it is important for everyone to understand their rights and responsibilities under Central Colorado's laws. By understanding these laws and taking action when necessary, we can help create an environment where everyone is treated equally and fairly.