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Employer Liability: Colorado

Employer Liability 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


  • For private employers subject to the jurisdictional requirements of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), liability for unfair labor practices is governed almost exclusively by the NLRA. See Unfair Labor Practices.
  • The Colorado Labor Peace Act (CLPA) provides authority to the Colorado courts and the Division of Labor Standards and Statistics for resolving certain labor disputes under the CLPA. See Division of Labor Standards and Statistics, Colorado Courts.
  • Private Colorado employers are able to obtain intervention from the courts in picketing that involves mass picketing, violence, or threats of bodily injury or property damage. See Union Picketing.
  • An individual may assert a wrongful discharge in violation of public policy claim based on Colorado's public policy in favor of industrial peace and fair employment practices as stated in the CLPA. See Wrongful Termination in Violation of Public Policy.
  • There are several related Colorado statutes which could potentially create employer liability for union-related activities. See Related Colorado Statutes.