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Construction Company Settles With EEOC
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued Colorado Excavating after the company fired an employee days after she’d suffered a seizure on the job. The company and the EEOC settled the disability discrimination claim for $42,500.
Christopher Watts Will Pay $6 Million to In-Laws for Wrongful Death
Christopher Watts, who pleaded guilty to killing his family, agreed to pay the parents of his late wife, Shanann Watts, $6 million to settle their wrongful death suit. Watts is serving life without parole.
Drawn Out Ballot Counts Could Be New Normal in Colorado
Ballots that take days to count might become typical for elections in Colorado and a few other states. The culprit? Ballots are automatically mailed to all registered voters.
Estimating Costs of Quicker Arraignment
Pitkin County says the new law requiring weekend bond hearings within 48 hours of arrest will cost at least $29,000 a year. The DA’s office alone could spend as much as $667,500 if all three 9th District Courts are open Saturdays and Sundays.
McGahn Appeals, DOJ Moves to Block
A federal judge ruled that former White House Counsel Don McGahn must obey a subpoena and testify before the House Judiciary Committee — an order he appealed yesterday. Now the Department of Justice is asking the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to stay the appeal.
Lawyer’s Remark on Judge’s ‘Attractiveness’ Pointed Out by Panel
An opinion from the California Court of Appeals called out a lawyer’s “highly inappropriate” references to a judge’s attractiveness, calling it a “teachable moment” on sexism in brief writing.
‘Concern, Dismay, and Even Distress’ Among DOJ’s LGBTQ Employees
The DOJ’s stance on LGBTQ cases has raised alarms among some of its own employees, prompting a letter to Attorney General William Barr from a group called DOJ Pride.
Lawsuit: Underfunding Census Will Force Undercount
A lawsuit out of New York claims the Trump administration is withholding federal funds U.S. Census Bureau needs to avoid undercounting racial and ethnic minorities in next year’s census.
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