DENVER—Today, the Senate approved Senator Beth Martinez Humenik's, R-Thornton, bill taking steps to end wage secrecy Colorado on a vote of 33-1.
Current law prohibits an employer from disciplining, intimidating, discharging, or otherwise interfering with an employee's ability to discuss wages with another employee, with certain exemptions for certain employers from these labor laws.
House Bill 17-1269 strikes those exemptions to create uniformity in and transparency and end a culture of pay secrecy.
The affected employers include federal, state, or local governments, employers who employ only agricultural workers, as well as airlines and railroads.
"There are a great deal of factors that affect wages in Colorado ranging from the type of field pursued, to a willingness to negotiate for higher pay, as well as our freedom to discuss our salary without fear of retribution" said Martinez Humenik. "With this bill we are taking a crucial step in increasing wage transparency and uniformity for all Coloradans to create a more open and prosperous state to live and work."
HB 1269 now continues on to the governor's desk.
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