Colorado court employees fear retaliation for reporting misconduct, independent investigation finds

The Denver Post: An independent investigation into the workplace culture of the Colorado Judicial Department found many employees fear professional retaliation for reporting misconduct, according to a 131-page summary released Monday.

Women who work for the court system consistently held a dimmer view of their work environment than men, according to the report by Investigations Law Group, which was hired by the Colorado Judicial Department to investigate allegations of sexual harassment and gender discrimination within the branch.

A survey of the department’s more than 4,000 employees found women were less satisfied with their work environment, less likely to feel comfortable reporting unethical behavior and more likely to be afraid of retaliation than men. About 2,500 employees responded to the survey.

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