The Equal Pay for Equal Work Act (C.R.S. § 8-5-101 et seq.) was signed into law by Colorado Governor Polis on May 22, 2019. Effective January 1, 2021, this act amends Colorado law and provides new wage discrimination and employer provisions that differ from federal law and other state equal pay laws. CU Boulder, along with each campus and system office of the University of Colorado, is evaluating the requirements of the new law and reviewing existing policies and pay practices for alignment. CU Boulder executive leadership, human resources, and legal counsel are leading this effort.

All employees have the right to discuss or disclose their wage rate with other employees and no employee shall be subject to discipline, retaliation, or other adverse action because that employee inquired about, disclosed, compared, or otherwise discussed the employee’s compensation. Employees who believe they have been unlawfully discriminated against with their compensation or have experienced or witnessed a violation of this policy shall promptly report the matter to the Office of Institutional Equity & Compliance (OIEC). This includes supervisors and other responsible employees required to report under campus policy.

The Boulder campus maintains a faculty committee for the resolution of salary grievances and oversight of the appeals process. Please refer to the Office of Faculty Affairs website for information about faculty salary and equity processes. Refer to the HR Staff Compensation page for information on compensation practices for staff.

Please refer to this web page for ongoing communication and information on the status of work being done at CU Boulder in this area.