We are excited to share our 2023 Annual Scorecard! It provides Coloradans information on how their legislators voted on many of the bills that help improve gender equity in our state. It also provides context on the buckets of policy work we value. Check it out here!
We are ecstatic the Protecting Opportunities and Workers' Rights Act (POWR Act) passed and was signed by Governor Jared Polis. This has been our priority bill several times, and it has taken four years to pass. It strengthens protections against sexual harassment workplace. As our treasurer and a plaintiff's attorney Christine summarizes it, it reduces the legal threshold to allow legal recourse for "one grope." In the past if a woman was groped once in the workplace, it was not enough to punish the perpretrator or workplace that allowed it. We are proud of our lobbying team, our organizational members who led the charge including the Plaintiff Employment Lawyers' Association of Colorado, and the individual women who shared their stories. It was a long road. Special thanks to the sponsors of the bill over the years, including Senators Faith Winter and Julie Gonzales, and Representatives Matt Gray, Susan Lontine, Mike Weissman, and Jennifer Bacon. You can read more about the bill (SB23-172) on its legislative page here.