State Patrol must pay $768K to gay ex-trooper
The Colorado State Patrol must pay more than $768,000 to a former patrol captain who was denied re-employment after the agency learned he was gay.
The Denver Post reports State Senior Administrative Law Judge Mary McClatchey ruled Friday that former captain Brett Williams suffered and will continue to suffer from the patrol's actions. The amount includes back pay with interest, and lost forward pay - totaling $768,268.
Williams left the agency in 2010 to become a helicopter pilot, but he later asked to return.
During the polygraph test required as part of the reinstatement, Williams was asked a question that forced him to reveal his sexual orientation. The question concerned a legal massage he received in Thailand that involved sexual contact.
McClatchey concluded patrol leaders used the test to deny Williams' reinstatement, contrary to law-enforcement hiring standards.
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