Disabilities (ADA): Colorado
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Author: Patrick F. Martin, Littler Mendelson, PC
- In addition to the federal equal opportunity laws, Colorado employers must comply with the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act. See Disability Discrimination in Colorado.
- Colorado law prohibits discrimination against individuals with physical or mental impairments. See The Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act.
- Under Colorado law, information obtained from genetic testing is privileged and confidential. See Genetic Testing.
- Colorado permits the use of medical marijuana by registered users with a debilitating medical condition. See Colorado Medical Marijuana Law.
- Under Colorado law, an employer covered under the ADA, may not refuse to permit an employee with a disability (including but not limited to blind, visually impaired, deaf, or hard of hearing), who is accompanied by an assistance dog (i.e. a dog that has been or is being trained as a guide dog, hearing dog or service dog) to keep the employee's assistance dog with the employee at all times in the place of employment. See Service Animals.
- Several Colorado cities, including Denver and Boulder, have enacted ordinances prohibiting discrimination in employment. See Local Ordinances.
- Effective August 6, 2014, the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA) will conform its definitions relating to disabilities to mirror the definitions under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).See Future Developments.