House Bill 1136 passed by the Colorado legislature will take effect on Jan. 1, 2015. This bill will allow for employees to bring suits against employees for a larger number of classes of economic damages. Lawsuits can also be brought for non-economic damages including mental anguish, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment of life and emotional pain.
An employee of the Colorado Department of Education claims she was punished after she stopped attending her supervisor's lunch time Bible study sessions. She says she has emails that show her as a required attendee and felt as if she was in a hostile workplace after she told her supervisor she no longer wanted to attend the bi-weekly sessions. She has since filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division.