August 20, 2013

DENVER — A gay former Colorado State Patrol trooper and captain has been awarded more than three-quarters of a million dollars in damages for discrimination.

Brett Williams, 45, sued the CSP after he was turned down for a job in 2010. Williams had applied for reinstatement to the department after quitting earlier that year.

Last summer, a State Personnel Board judge ruled Williams had been discriminated against because of his sexual orientation. Last week, a judge ordered he be given $768,000 in front and back pay.

“I was pleased with her ruling,” Williams said Sunday by phone from Hawaii, where’s now living. “But at the same time, I can’t get too excited about it because basically I know that the State Patrol and the state will continue to drag it out, draw it out and appeal it.”

Williams said the discrimination became clear to him during a polygraph exam he was given when he applied for reinstatement. He was asked if a man or a woman had given him a massage during a trip to Thailand.