Colorado's Whistleblower Laws

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What Are Colorado's Whistleblower Laws?

Colorado’s state codes provides protection for people who report information regarding the illegal or inappropriate conduct of employers. These informants are called "whistleblowers." The Colorado Revised Statutes contains provisions that protect whistleblowers in both public and private employment settings:

Note that within both government and private workplaces, an informant is not protected by these statutes if they knowingly disclose information that is false or fraudulent.

Are There Any Other Laws Protecting Whistleblowers in Colorado?

Yes. The Colorado General Assembly recently implemented an act in 2007 that protects workers employed in the health care profession. This act is entitled "Concerning Protection for Health Care Workers who Report Patient Safety Information."

The act allows workers in the health care field to report concerns about patient safety without fear of retaliation by their employer. The law was passed in order to remedy the apparent silence and lack of reporting that was plaguing the health care industry. Health care employees are now encouraged to report any conduct that may adversely affect the current state of health care standards in Colorado. However, employees are not granted immunity for their own acts of negligence.   

Do I Need to Obtain a Lawyer for My Whistleblower Claim?

It is a good idea to contact an employment lawyer if you feel that you have a whistleblower claim in Colorado. You will likely be required to provide several reports regarding employer misconduct and any instances of retaliation. A lawyer can help provide you with advice and keep you updated on the status of your claim. Since Colorado allows employees to file suits against their employers, any reports that you make might end up being used in a court of law. Be sure to make comprehensive and detailed written accounts while the facts of the incidents are still fresh in your mind. Also, you should keep receipts and any other pertinent documents.

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Last Modified: 06-26-2014 09:58 AM PDT

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