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Thursday, May 23, 2019
Colorado Governor Jared Polis has signed what is one of the toughest enhanced state pay equity laws to date. Colorado has become the ninth state in the country to pass an equal pay law that is more demanding than federal law. The new law goes into effect on January 1, 2021.
Just before the close of the legislative session on May 22, and after months of debate and considerable amendment, two Republicans joined Colorado Senate Democrats in passing the “Equal Pay for Equal Work Act” (SB 19-085). It shares similarities with other enhanced state equal pay laws, including provisions on pay equity, pay history, and pay transparency. However, unlike other states, the Colorado law contains unique notice requirements.
The Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act includes the following two notice requirements, which are found in no other state equal pay law:
The new law protects against discrimination because of sex (including gender identity) or sex in combination with another protected status. Employers may not pay an employee of one sex less than an employee of another sex for substantially similar work.
However, an employer can avoid legal liability under the new law if it demonstrates that the entire difference in compensation is based on at least one of the following:
The new law creates a private right of action for employees. A successful plaintiff may recover up to three years of back pay and liquidated damages in the amount of the back pay, unless the employer can show the “act or omission giving rise” to the pay violations was made in good faith.
Similar to equal pay laws in Massachusetts and Oregon, the Colorado law provides an incentive for employers to conduct proactive self-evaluations of their compensation practices. While not a complete defense against lawsuits, employers may use evidence of a “thorough and comprehensive pay audit” with the “specific goal of identifying and remedying unlawful pay disparities” to avoid an award for liquidated damages.
Colorado joins eight other states with statewide salary history bans applicable to both public and private employers.
Under the new Colorado law, employers may not:
Finally, the new law prohibits employers from preventing their employees from discussing compensation information with others, or requiring any employee to sign a waiver that prohibits his or her ability to do the same.
Laura A. Mitchell James D. Mackey Jackson Lewis P.C. Pay Equity Advisor
Meet Law Week Colorado's 2019 Top Women Lawyers, who all but one are CWBA members! Congratulations to Past President Alison Zinn of Lathrop Gage, Charlotte Sweeney of Sweeney Bechtold, Regina Rodriguez of Hogan Lovells, Kelley Duke of Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC, Lauren Varner of Varner Faddis Elite Legal, LLC, and Rita Connerly of Fairfield & Woods.
Read about each of their extraordinary accomplishments in this week's issue. https://lawweekcolorado.com/section/news/features/ and click here to see the video: https://vimeo.com/335244224
The CWBA’s work on equal pay was highlighted with an article in the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations (NCWBA) April newsletter.
Colorado Women’s Bar Association Announces
2018 - 2019 Board Leadership
DENVER (June 4, 2018) — The Colorado Women’s Bar Association (CWBA), a nonprofit organization focused on advancing and promoting women in the legal profession and the welfare of all women in Colorado, announces its 2018 – 2019 Board Leadership.
The CWBA 2018 - 2019 President is Catherine “Cat” Shea of Denver who was sworn in on May 19, 2018 as President for a one-year term. Cat is an Assistant Regulation Counsel for the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel. In that capacity, Cat investigates attorney discipline and disability and magistrate matters.
Cat joined the CWBA Board of Directors in 2010 and is a member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations. She is also a member of the Colorado Bar Association’s Ethics Committee and Professionalism Coordinating Council. Cat is a 2015 graduate of the Colorado Bar Association’s Leadership Training Program (COBALT) and served as Chair of its Sessions Committee for 2016-17. She received her undergraduate degree from Western Kentucky University and her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.
Other CWBA Executive Committee Members for 2018 - 2019 include the following:
Additional members elected to serve on the 2018 - 2019 Board of Directors are listed on our website at www.cwba.org/board.
ADVANCING WOMEN AS LEADERS IN THE LAW –
ABOUT THE COLORADO WOMEN’S BAR ASSOCIATION
The Colorado Women’s Bar Association (CWBA) is a nonprofit organization focused on advancing and promoting the welfare of all women in Colorado since 1978. Dedicated to advancing women as leaders in the law, the CWBA brings together lawyers and legal professionals from all levels of experience for networking events, professional education, an annual convention, and community service projects focused on helping women help themselves. With nearly 1,900 members, the CWBA is the largest diversity bar association in Colorado and is one of the biggest and most influential women’s bar associations in the country. To learn more, visit www.cwba.org.
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PHOTO ATTACHED: Catherine “Cat” Shea, CWBA President 2018 - 2019
Article in Law Week Colorado -- March 7, 2018
Justice Monica Márquez can remember her dismay that many news headlines focused on her identity as a gay Latina after she received her appointment to the Colorado Supreme Court. But in time, she realized the historical gravity of her appointment and understood she could relate to diverse communities in ways her colleagues could not as effectively. She said she is often asked to speak publicly and has met members of the Latino, LGBTQ and rural communities that way.
“As an ambassador of our legal system, the diversity that I bring as a justice is an asset because I can connect with so many different communities,” Márquez said Tuesday at the CWBA’s Storming the Bench panel discussion, in which she and other female jurists urged women to pursue judgeships. “I get to see firsthand in their faces what a difference it makes for them to meet a Supreme Court justice who reflects some part of their experience.”
She added she understands she does not fit the archetype of a Supreme Court justice, which has helped her realize the importance of diversity on the bench. It carries extra importance now, during a time when many people seem to have dwindling trust in government institutions, she said.
Including Márquez, 11 female panelists including judges, nominating commission members and Gov. John Hickenlooper’s chief legal counsel, gave some of their top advice for judicial hopefuls.
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DENVER (June 6, 2017) — The Colorado Women’s Bar Association (CWBA), a nonprofit organization focused on advancing and promoting women in the legal profession and the welfare of all women in Colorado, announces its 2017-2018 Board Leadership.
The CWBA 2017-2018 President is Wendy E. Weigler of Denver who was sworn in on May 20, 2017 as President for a one-year term. She joined the CWBA Board of Directors in 2008 and is a member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations. She also served two terms on the Board of the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations, where she was on the Executive Committee and chair of the Awards Committee.
Wendy Weigler is Of Counsel with Winzenburg, Leff, Purvis & Payne, LLP, following a merger with Lansky, Weigler & Porter, P.C., a women-owned law firm Wendy founded in 2006. Wendy’s practice focuses on community association law, including the representation of condominium communities and homeowners associations throughout Colorado. She received her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Albany in 1991 and her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law in 1994. Wendy is a frequent lecturer on condo and HOA law and has published several articles in industry publications.
Wendy succeeds Sarah Chase-McRorie who remains on the board as Immediate Past President. Sarah is Senior Legal Counsel for Matrix Financial Solutions, Inc. a Broadridge company, and oversees the legal department for the business unit based in Denver.
Additional members elected to serve on the 2017-2018 Board of Directors are listed on our website at www.cwba.org/board.
ADVANCING WOMEN AS LEADERS IN THE LAW – ABOUT THE COLORADO WOMEN’S BAR ASSOCIATION
The Colorado Women’s Bar Association (CWBA) is a nonprofit organization focused on advancing and promoting the welfare of all women in Colorado since 1978. Dedicated to advancing women as leaders in the law, the CWBA brings together lawyers and legal professionals from all levels of experience for networking events, professional education, an annual convention, and community service projects focused on helping women help themselves. With more than 1,600 members, the CWBA is the largest diversity bar association in Colorado and is one of the biggest and most influential women’s bar associations in the country. To learn more, visit www.cwba.org.
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Members of Colorado’s judiciary were honored March 2 during the Colorado Women’s Bar Association Judicial Committee’s Annual Judicial Reception in Denver. The event was hosted by Davis Graham & Stubbs.
Since 1987, the committee has held the annual judicial reception to honor one judge who has conducted extraordinary work on the bench.
This year’s recipient of the bar’s Judicial Excellence Award was 19th District Judge Julie Hoskins. The judge was awarded a plaque during the ceremony where she was recognized for her work on the bench.
CWBA president Sarah Chase-McRorie said Hoskins was the bar’s first choice for the prestigious award due to her mentorship, fairness and extraordinary achievements on the bench.
DENVER (NOV. 23, 2016) – The Colorado Women’s Bar Association (CWBA) is honoring Senator Rollie Heath as its 2016 Legislator of the Year for his leading role on issues supporting women and children, including closing the pay gap for women.
The award will be given at the CWBA’s Annual Legislator Appreciation Breakfast on Dec. 6, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. at the Denver Athletic Club, 1325 Glenarm Place in Denver. Sen. Heath, D-Boulder, will deliver the keynote address.
Throughout his dedicated eight years of legislative service, Senator Heath served as a stalwart champion on issues impacting women and children. From sponsoring legislation to creating multiple workforce pathways, stimulating job growth and enhancing small business development to his driving efforts to increase state support for K-12 and higher education funding, Senator Heath consistently understood the interrelated value of these components working in tandem to increase every citizen’s ability to reach their individual goals and aspirations.
In 2016, Sen. Heath sponsored legislation to establish a Pay Equity Commission to focus on closing the pay gap. In 2013, the latest year for which data are available, Colorado women working full time earned 80 percent of what men working full time did. Though the pay equity legislation was unsuccessful in 2016, the CWBA and like-minded legislators continue to work to close the pay gap.
Heath has a long history as a public servant and businessman, including serving as an officer in the U.S. Army; co-founding the manufacturing company Ponderosa Industries; and winning election to the Colorado Senate in 2008. Heath’s business experience contributed to his sense that pay equity is important.
“You make sure that everyone has an equal opportunity,” he said. “And once they get into the workforce you would hope that they get paid what they deserve based on merit.”
Heath will leave the Colorado Legislature in January because of term limits but plans to continue his public service in the area of education.
“The most important role of government is educating folks,” he said.
”Pay equity is not just a women’s issue, it is a community issue that requires a community-wide effort and leaders like Senator Rollie Heath,” said Sarah Chase-McRorie, President of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association. “While there is still so much work ahead to fight gender-based pay discrimination, Senator Heath’s support of pay equity has highlighted women as equal and critical players in Colorado’s economy and gives pay equity advocates like the CWBA stronger footing to continue the fight.”
The Colorado Women’s Bar Association (CWBA) is the largest specialty bar association in Colorado and has the mission of advancing women as leaders in the law. It not only promotes the rights of women in the legal profession but outside the law and across the entire state of Colorado. The CWBA’s activities include lobbying on behalf of women and children.
PHOTO ATTACHED: Sen. Rollie Heath
EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016
7:30 – 8:45 AM
Denver Athletic Club, 1325 Glenarm Place, Denver
$65 per person | $220 for group of four
All proceeds from this fundraiser support the CWBA Lobbyist Fund, therefore no portion of ticket sales or other donations are tax deductible.
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