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Performance Appraisals: Colorado

Performance Appraisals requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Stuart R. Buttrick, Susan W. Kline and Mary L. Will, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP


  • With respect to performance appraisals, Colorado employers should be aware of the elements of state law claims for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress, and of laws governing employee records. See Employer Liability Regarding Performance Appraisals.
  • Colorado has additional employee protection laws that Colorado employers should keep in mind when conducting performance appraisals, such as the Wage Equality Regardless of Sex Act and the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act. See Performance Appraisals and Discrimination.
  • Colorado law prohibits retaliation against employees who engage in protected activities. See Performance Appraisals and Retaliation.
  • Colorado law allows individuals to bring claims for negligent supervision or negligent retention of an employee under certain circumstances. See Negligent Supervision or Retention.