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EEO - Affirmative Action: Colorado

EEO - Affirmative Action requirements for other states

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

Authors: Stuart R. Buttrick, Thomas W. Carroll, Susan W. Kline and Mary L. Will, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP


  • Colorado does not have a general statute specifically addressing affirmative action requirements for private employers. However, there are two state regulations related to private employer affirmative action. See Private Employers.
  • The Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA) states that employers are to take affirmative action to recruit women to jobs from which they have been excluded. See Sex Discrimination.
  • Employers may invite applicants to identify a disability. See Individuals With a Disability.
  • Some Colorado cities, such as Denver, may have specific ordinances barring discrimination and requiring affirmative action as a remedial measure. See City Ordinances.
  • Colorado's principal public departments must implement and follow Colorado's State Government Affirmative Action Program. See Public Employers.