August 18, 2019

HB 16-1156: Prohibiting Actions Against Employees for Sharing Wage Information

On January 28, 2016, Reps. Jessie Danielson & Joseph Salazar and Sens. Kerry Donovan & Rollie Heath introduced HB 16-1156 – Concerning the Prohibition of an Action Against an Employee for Sharing Wage Information. The bill was introduced into the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee, where it passed unamended. It passed Second and Third Reading in the House unamended and was introduced in the Senate in the State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee. It passed through that committee unamended and was referred to the Senate Committee of the Whole for Second Reading.

Current law states that it is a discriminatory and unfair labor practice for an employer to discharge, discipline, discriminate against, coerce, intimidate, threaten, or interfere with any employee or other person because the employee inquired about, disclosed, compared, or otherwise discussed the employee’s wages, unless otherwise permitted by federal law. Certain classes of employers who are exempt from the National Labor Relations Act are also exempt from the aforementioned labor practice provision. This bill abolishes the reference to the exemption and extends the current law to those classes of employers previously exempt, thereby providing discrimination protections to all employees.

Max Montag is a 2016 J.D. Candidate at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.