Lawsuit may shed light on misconduct allegations in Colorado’s judicial department

The Denver Gazette: A federal lawsuit alleging discriminatory hiring practices at the Colorado Supreme Court is poised to shed light on the recent allegation that former Chief Justice Nathan “Ben” Coats and other court employees gave a contract worth up to $2.75 million to a former judicial employee to keep her from divulging the personal misconduct of 20 or more district court judges and administrators.

The Colorado Judicial Department has sent a memo to employees denying the allegation as reported in The Denver Post that the contract was intended to stop Mindy Masias, the former chief of staff of the Supreme Court administrator’s office, from filing a sexual discrimination lawsuit that would expose misconduct of others at the department.

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