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Apr 17, 2013 6:52 PM by JD Downing

Colo. Lawmakers expand employee discrimination claims

DENVER (AP) - Colorado House Democrats have given initial approval to increasing legal remedies for employee discrimination at small businesses.

The bill drew strong opposition Wednesday from Republicans who argue it will hurt businesses.

One more vote sends the bill to the Senate.

Democrats say the bill extends legal relief to employees who are not covered now. Currently, employees at companies with fewer than 15 workers can sue for discrimination, but the law limits what a court can award them.

Republicans argue the bill will lead to more lawsuits.

Employees at companies with five to 14 workers would be limited to receiving up to $25,000 in compensatory and punitive damages. At businesses with four or fewer employees, the cap would be $10,000.

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House Bill 1136: http://bit.ly/ZAvNnF

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