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Discrimination law that was repealed in Wisconsin now pending in Colorado
Colorado Public Advocate ^ | Apr 2, 2013 | Sunana Batra

Posted on 04/03/2013 6:47:20 AM PDT by george76

A controversial legislative proposal that would significantly expand Colorado employers’ liability for discrimination claims was repealed by Wisconsin lawmakers after only a couple of years on that state’s books. The measure was scrapped after a backlash from Wisconsin employers, who charged the new law was a giveaway to personal-injury lawyers and a gut punch to small businesses that wound up having to pay much more to settle groundless discrimination claims.

Meanwhile, Colorado business leaders, who have been sharply critical of House Bill 1136 at the Capitol in Denver, charge it will do little to reduce real discrimination given what they say is the disappointing track record of a similar federal law. That law, enacted by Congress in 1991 and enforced by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, was intended as a hedge against discrimination and sexual harassment by employers. Yet, data compiled by the commission show that discrimination claims actually have risen steadily over the years in all categories, far in excess of overall population growth, despite aggressive enforcement of the law.

Employers’ attorneys say the cost to defend an accusation filed with the EEOC is an estimated $10,000 to $15,000, even if the allegation is found to be without merit.

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Instead of shelling out $10,000 to make a frivolous lawsuit go away, now they were having to settle for $50,000 for it to go away. Even though they knew they didn’t do anything wrong, and they knew they were in the right, the risk of going to court and maybe having to cough up five hundred grand…they can’t take that risk, so they pay the settlement instead of testing their position in court.”

Colorado’s version was introduced in the state House by Rep. Claire Levy, D-Boulder, and Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, both practicing attorneys

(Excerpt) Read more at coloradopublicadvocate.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Colorado; US: Wisconsin
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1 posted on 04/03/2013 6:47:20 AM PDT by george76
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To: george76

Will the last sane business owner to leave CO please turn off the light?


2 posted on 04/03/2013 7:12:23 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: george76

Law breakers, lawless, outlaws...

they are what they are.


3 posted on 04/03/2013 7:17:41 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (bahits.com)
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