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Review of damages for discriminated trooper

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Posted at 12:30 PM, Dec 31, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-31 14:30:34-05

A Colorado appeals court agrees with a judge's finding that the state patrol discriminated against a former captain who was denied re-employment after the agency learned he was gay.

But the appeals court said in a Thursday decision that the way he was awarded nearly $600,000 in damages needs to be redone. The court sent the damages back to the state personnel board for further review, but let Brett Williams keep more than $172,000 in back pay.

The issue arose after Williams left the agency become a helicopter pilot but later asked to return. During a polygraph test, Williams was asked a question that forced him to reveal his sexual orientation.

A judge concluded patrol leaders used the test to deny Williams' reinstatement, contrary to law-enforcement hiring standards.