Colorado Equal Pay Act
August 13, 2020
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Meredith McDonald, Special Counsel, Hall & Evans, LLC, and
Ashley Kelliher, Senior Assistant City Attorney, Denver City Attorney’s Office – Employment & Labor Law Section
The Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act goes into effect January 1, 2021. The Act is Colorado’s response to the wage gap between men and women. It prohibits all employers from discriminating in the amount or rate of employees’ wages solely on the basis of an employee’s gender. The Act creates a private cause of action similar to, but broader than, the federal Equal Pay Act, and it creates transparency measures enforceable by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment to provide employees more information about promotional opportunities, pay ranges, and the historical pay practices at a given place of employment. Unlike the federal Equal Pay Act, which allows employers to assert a “catch all” affirmative defense by relying on “any other factor other than sex,” Colorado’s law provides just several reasons to justify a pay disparity.
Attendees will learn the differences between the federal and Colorado Equal Pay Acts, in preparation for defending state claims beginning next year. Attendees will also be versed on the outcome of past federal Equal Pay Act cases.
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