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More JeffCo employees testify against county in contempt trial

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More Jefferson County employees took the stand Tuesday. They told additional stories of what they felt was discriminatory hiring practices.

Jefferson County is back in court, accused of not fulfilling all of the consent decree's requirements. That federal order was put in place in 1982 to foster equal hiring and promoting practices after complaints that minorities and women were being treated differently.

One employee from the Tax Collector's Office says she was bypassed on a promotion that went to a less qualified white man. She also says her senior accounting duties were reduced to that of a clerk after she returned from military leave. Then she testified to being put on unpaid leave while she was on a second military leave.

Complaints were filed with the HR Department then the Department of Labor in 2011. She says she hasn't heard back from HR and the Department of Labor agreed that she was being discriminated against.

However, the employee did receive a promotion before the first leave under the new structured interview process. A process she says she was happy with.

The structured interview process and the addition of the HR Department are two of several steps the county claims it took to fulfill the consent decree.

Commissioners and the county manager are expected to testify later this week.

 

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