After facing U.S. Supreme Court criticism, Colorado’s civil rights division blasted by auditor as slow, not transparent

The Colorado Sun: Colorado’s Civil Rights Division and Civil Rights Commission are too slow to investigate complaints and voted on cases in secret and without any documentation about their deliberations, according to a scathing report released Wednesday by the state’s auditor. 

The negative spotlight comes on the heels of criticism leveled against the entities last year by the U.S. Supreme Court in the high-profile case of a Lakewood baker — Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop — who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.

The agencies are tasked with investigating complaints filed by people who believe they were discriminated against in employment, housing and public accommodations because of their race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or nationality. The commission is a made up of a panel appointed by the governor and approved by the state Senate, operating under the auspices of the division.

The state auditor’s office found that the “division is slow to investigate complaints and the commission operates in a manner that is not transparent.”

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