Equal Pay for Equal Work in Colorado

August 5, 2019



Senate Bill 19-085, the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, was signed into law on May 22, 2019, and will be effective January 1, 2021. The Act prohibits employers from discriminating between employees of different genders by paying an employee of one sex a wage rate less than the rate paid to an employee of a different sex for substantially similar work.

The Act will also bar Colorado employers from inquiring into the salary history of a job applicant, relying on prior wage rates to determine compensation, and prohibits discrimination against an applicant for refusing to disclose their salary history.

Additionally, Colorado employers must provide all employees notification of job openings and advancement opportunities, include pay scales on all job postings, and maintain job description records and wage rate history for each employee’s tenure, plus two years.

Colorado joins a growing number of states and municipalities banning salary-history inquiries and implementing equal pay initiatives. Employers may want to review their employment applications; associated forms; employment policies and procedures; and train hiring personnel to ensure compliance.


This information has been prepared by Validity Screening Solutions for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. The content is intended for general information purposes only, and you are urged to consult a lawyer concerning your own situation and any specific legal questions you may have.

Topics: Background Checks, Compliance

Jessica L. Troncoso, J.D.

Written by Jessica L. Troncoso, J.D.

Jessica focuses on Validity’s knowledge base of all laws, statutes, and enforcement actions regulating the employment screening industry. Jessica began in the Quality Assurance Department of Validity in 2012 and later worked remotely with the Research Department while attending law school. Jessica worked as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Brian C. Wimes of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri and the Honorable Peggy Stevens McGraw of the 16th Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri.