CREEC, Disability Rights Organizations File Cake Amicus!

CREEC joined nine other disability rights organizations in filing an amicus brief in the Supreme Court in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, in support of the gay couple turned away from a Colorado bakery based on the owner’s prejudice.  The Colorado Court of Appeals held in favor of the couple, recognizing that the baker violated their rights under the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (“CADA”), and the Colorado Supreme Court declined to review.  The case is currently before the United States Supreme Court on the baker’s argument that it violates his first amendment rights of free exercise and free expression to force him to make a cake that would be used in a gay wedding.  The statute at issue — CADA  — prohibits discrimination in public accommodations based on disability as well as sexual orientation and a number of other protected classes; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act also prohibits disability discrimination in public accommodations. CREEC and other organizations filed their amicus brief to caution the Court that recognizing personal scruples exceptions — including free exercise or free expression — to the general requirement that public accommodations serve everyone without discrimination could significantly jeopardize enforcement of Title III and the protections it affords people with disabilities to fully participate in our nation’s economic and commercial life. CREEC strongly urges the Supreme Court to affirm the Colorado Court of Appeals and reaffirm our commitment that American businesses are #OPENTOALL. We would also like to thank the rockstars at Rosen, Bien, Galvan and Grunfeld who wrote the brief, and our fellow amici for the terrific discussions the brief engendered. 16-111, AC...

CREEC to receive a Visionaries in Action Award from the GLBT Community Center of Colorado

CREEC is thrilled and honored to receive a 2017 Visionaries in Action Award from The GLBT Community Center of Colorado (The Center)! In notifying us of the award, The Center’s Board Chairman, J. Ryann Peyton wrote that The Center was impressed by “CREEC’s commitment to the protection of civil rights for all Coloradoans, especially those who are members of the LGBT communities.” CREEC has assisted clients in cases at the forefront of LGBT civil rights issues. Protecting individuals from harassment based on sexual orientation, safeguarding survivor benefits for same sex spouses, and assisting with fellow-awardee Emma Shinn’s Name Change Project are recent examples.  CREEC has also collaborated with the Denver Metro Fair Housing Center in putting on a Trans* Legal Forum, teaching about the rights of trans*, non-binary, and genderqueer individuals in fair housing, public accommodations, and other contexts. We are thrilled to be honored alongside two amazing women who have made significant contributions to the LGBT community and have helped advance LGBT civil rights:  Sarah Parady and Emma Shinn. The Jokers, Jewels & Justice 2017 Dinner themed “Liberty & Justice for All is NO JOKE” will be held at the Brown Palace Hotel and will feature as keynote speaker Sarah McBride, National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign and transgender rights advocate. We hope you’ll join us at this wonderful event. The Center opened in 1976 and over the years has grown to become the largest community center in the Rocky Mountain region, giving voice to Colorado’s LGBT community and playing a pivotal role in statewide initiatives to reduce harassment and discrimination. The Center supports 40,000 people a year though wide ranging programs from monthly free...

CREEC resolves CCRD charge alleging harassment based on sexual orientation and religion.

Crystal Rea and IntelliTec Colleges Reach Agreement College Reaffirms Importance of Non-Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Religion GRAND JUNCTION, CO – Crystal Rea and IntelliTec Colleges have reached an agreement that will continue to ensure that IntelliTec students receive an education free from discrimination based on sexual orientation or religion. The Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC) filed a complaint last year with the Colorado Civil Rights Division on behalf of Crystal Rea, a student at IntelliTec’s Grand Junction campus, alleging discrimination based on sexual orientation and religion.  Following the Division’s investigation, the parties worked together to reach an agreement that will help IntelliTec continue its commitment to education free of discrimination.  IntelliTec was commended on its last accreditation review for “creating an environment/culture at the Grand Junction campus that shows support for all students along with a focus on student success as a core value of all the staff and faculty.” Rea appreciates IntelliTec’s efforts to create a welcoming learning environment for all students and IntelliTec appreciates Rea’s willingness to help improve the College’s atmosphere of inclusiveness and professionalism. IntelliTec congratulates Rea on the successful completion of her program of study and her new job, in her field, following her graduation. The full participation of both parties has shown how the Civil Rights Division can function as a resource for people who believe they have encountered discrimination by Colorado...