Colorado State Patrol must pay $768K to gay former trooper

Patrol debued re-employment

DENVER - The Colorado State Patrol has been ordered to pay $768,268 to a former patrol captain who was denied re-employment after the agency learned he was gay.

The amount includes back pay with interest, as well as lost forward pay.

State Senior Administrative Law Judge Mary McClatchey said in a 25-page opinion that former State Patrol Capt. Brett Williams -- who she said was highly dedicated to the patrol, where he enjoyed a "stellar career" -- suffered and will continue to suffer from the patrol's discriminatory actions against him.

Williams, now 45, left the agency in early 2010 to pursue a career as a helicopter pilot, but a few months later he asked to return to the patrol.

At the time he left the patrol, he was earning $96,000 annually plus benefits.

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