Court won’t require Colorado Judicial Department to turn over sex harassment allegations

The Denver Gazette: The Colorado Judicial Department won’t have to provide documents about allegations contained in a memo outlining instances of judicial sexual harassment as part of the discovery for a racial and age discrimination hiring case, a federal magistrate judge ruled on Wednesday.

A Black lawyer had sought the documents in her federal lawsuit that alleges the Colorado Supreme Court engaged in racial and age discrimination when it declined to hire her as a rules attorney.

Michele Brown, a 66-year-old Black lawyer who filed the lawsuit, still can depose former Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan “Ben” Coats and current Colorado Supreme Court Justice Richard Gabriel and current Colorado Supreme Court Justice Melissa Hart about the memo and other matters, according to the ruling by U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Hegarty.

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