Colorado lawmakers seek to boost whistleblower protections

State lawmakers introduced three bills in the opening weeks of the 2016 legislative session intended to safeguard Colorado whistleblowers.

The measures would: 1) prohibit municipalities, counties and school districts from disciplining employees who report abuses; 2) shield state employees from disciplinary action for reporting “non-public” information; and 3) protect homeowners from retaliation or discrimination by homeowners’ associations.

Many cities and counties in Colorado have ordinances preventing retaliation against employees for disclosing violations of laws or mismanagement or waste of public funds. School districts and boards are less likely to have done so. Continue…