Thursday, January 27, 2011

Secure Our Jobs, Protect Colorado Workers!

Civil rights protection is more than the morally right thing to do: it's the right thing for our economy, and practical in every workplace.

It's already against the law for employers to discriminate against employees based on race, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, or domestic violence. However, holes in the existing Colorado law prevent justice for employees when their rights are violated. This results in situations where discrimination exists, but the law is unenforceable.

Legislation has been introduced to update our law as 41 other states have done, and fill the holes in workplace discrimination law to protect workers in all businesses. Senate Bill 72, sponsored by Senator Morgan Carroll and Rep. Claire Levy, will ensure that more employees in Colorado are protected by the same standards that federal law already guarantees for most employees. It would also help ensure that all of Colorado's existing discrimination protections are enforceable.

Corporate lobbyists are sabotaging attempts to make these sensible changes that have already been adopted in most of the rest of the nation. They want to keep the status quo, and create barriers to accountability for civil rights in the workplace. We need you to speak out right now, and tell legislators that we can't afford to lose jobs to discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Give employees the opportunity to seek justice.

Click here to sign the petition: urge your state representative and senator to support the The Job Protection and Civil Rights Enforcement Act of 2011.

Click here to send an email to your State Senator - asking for their support.

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