Colorado’s health department argues it can’t be sued in whistleblower lawsuit tied to botched HIV program

The Colorado Sun: A former high-level state epidemiologist — who was fired last June amid the COVID-19 pandemic — is going to court this week for a hearing that will determine if his whistleblower lawsuit against state health officials can move forward. 

Tony Cappello, former director of Disease Control and Public Health Response at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, says the agency retaliated against him after he blew the whistle on financial mismanagement related to how the state handled federal funds for HIV programs.

Lawyers for Cappello will face off this week against attorneys representing CDPHE in a sort of mini-trial to determine if the state is immune from the lawsuit.

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