Initial Decisions

Initial Decisions are issued by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) following an evidentiary hearing. Either party or both parties may appeal an Initial Decision to the State Personnel Board. On appeal, the Board may adopt the findings of fact and conclusions of law in the decision of the ALJ; the Board may adopt the findings of fact of the ALJ but reverse on one or more conclusions of law; or the Board may reverse the ALJ on findings of fact and conclusions of law. If there is no appeal of an Initial Decision it is considered the Final Order of the Board.

This page provides a record of Initial Decisions that have been issued by an Administrative Law Judge. Beginning with Fiscal Year 2015-16, all Initial Decisions issued within that fiscal year are listed. Prior decisions are listed by the year assigned in the case number (e.g. "2014G000") not the year in which the Initial Decision was actually issued, which could be a year or more later. Note that the Board Rules and governing statutes change from time to time. In addition, the Colorado Supreme Court and the Colorado Court of Appeals both issue decisions that control subsequent Initial Decisions.  Therefore, you should carefully research whether any Initial Decision that you rely upon continues to have any persuasive value. 

Record of Initial Decisions

Initial Decision Number Case Name and Date Claims/Issues Analyzed in the Initial Decision
2018B056(c) Anderson v. DHS (7/1/19) Aritrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law; race discrimination; remedies; attorney fees.  
2019B034 Copley v. DOC (6/10/19) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law.
2019B038 Wright v. CDLE (5/21/19) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; Board Rule 6-15.
2018B012 Muller v. DOC (12/31/18) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law; retaliation under CADA; Whistleblower Act.
2018B079 Cleveland v. DOR (11/13/18) Aribrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law; attorney fees.
2018S015 Baumgardner v. CDOT (9/25/18) Gender discrimination.
2018B018 Ricci v. DMVA (7/13/18) Gender discrimination; Whistleblower Act; attorney fees.
2017B045 Pickering v. DPS (9/5/2017) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2016B075 Saurini v. DOC (9/25/17) Arbitrary or capricious administrative separation; appeal of Administrative Separation; Whistleblower Act.
2017B016 Armstrong v. DHS (10/2/17) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2016B021 Macias v. UNC (11/9/17) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; age discrimination; disability discrimination; race discrimination; Whistleblower Act; attorney fees.
2016B036 Labazetta v. DOC (12/28/17) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law; race and national origin discrimination; attorney fees.
2018B004 Dodson v. UCB (1/19/18) Suspension pending disposition of a felony charge.
2017B053 Helmick v. CDOT (1/31/18) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law; disability discrimination; failure to accommodate disability; harassment under CADA; attorney fees.
2017B070 Yu v. DPS (2/22/18) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law; disability discrimination.
2016G011(C) Bloem v. HCPF (3/9/18) Discipline contrary to rule or law; disability discrimination; retaliation under CADA; attorney fees.
2017B078 Singleton v. DOC (3/29/18) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law; attorney fees.
2016B029 Lorenzo v. DHS (10/17/16) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline as a result of criminal charge; attorney fees.
2015B045 Garcia v. DOL (8/5/16) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law; attorney fees.
2016B069 Rome v. UCCS (8/10/16) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2015G061 Whitney v. DHS (8/22/16) Whistleblower Act.
2014B061 McCauley v. DOR (11/22/16) Discipline contrary to rule or law; attorney fees.
2016B013 Rodgers v. MSU (12/12/16) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; attorney fees.
2017B001 Emerson v. DPS (12/19/16) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2016B083 Baca v. DHS (1/11/17) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; attorney fees.
2016B087(C) Scherbarth v. DOC (3/6/17) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law; attorney fees.
2016B058 Rushing v. DHS (12/16/16) Discipline contrary to rule or law; attorney fees.
2016G006(C) Saldana v. DHS (6/29/17) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; Whistleblower Act; attorney fees.
2015B011(c) Chavez v. DOE (7/23/15) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; attorney fees.
2015B067 Schreffler v.DOR (8/11/15) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; disability discrimination; gender discrimination; Whistleblower Act; attorney fees.
2014G013 Starling v. DOR (8/31/15) Gender discrimination; attorney fees.
2015B044 Martinez v. DOC (9/9/15) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2015B092 Martinez v. DOC (12/4/15) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2016B002 Carlis v. DHS (12/16/15) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law.
2014B118 Garrett v. DOC (1/11/16) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law; attorney fees.
2015B003 Jimerson v. DOC (1/11/16) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law; attorney fees.
2016B007 Sturtevant v. DOC (1/29/16) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; attorney fees.
2015B108 Goldman v. CDOT (3/4/16) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law; Whistleblower Act; attorney fees.
2015B089 Cordova v. DHS (3/14/16) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law; attorney fees.
2016B034 Stiles v. DOC (6/17/16) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law.
2015G091(c) Michel v. CDOT (6/24/16) Age discrimination; attorney fees.
2013B003 Biddle v. DPA (11/2/12) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law; attorney fees.
2013B004 Homann v. DPS  (3/22/13) Transfers of positions within state system; status in the personnel system.
2013B006 Blume v. DPS (2/21/13) Board's jurisdiction over non-classified state employee.
2013B026 Chosvig v. DOR (8/16/13) Disability discrimination; failure to accommodate disability; appeal of Administrative Separation; attorney fees.
2013B029 Geremaia v. CDOT (2/4/13) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law; attorney fees.
2013B046 Firko v. DPS (3/6/13) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law.
2013B049 Rich v. DOR (6/27/13) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law; Whistleblower Act.
2013B068(C) Paiz v. DHS (4/23/13) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law; attorney fees.
2013B076(C) Ksouri v. OIT (2/26/14) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law; disability discrimination; national origin discrimination; harassment under CADA; retaliation under CADA; attorney fees.
2013B092(C) Wanker & Gallegos v. CDOT (12/27/13) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; attorney fees.
2013B113 Montoya v. CDPHE (1/30/14) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law.
2013B116 Mitchell v. UCB (9/9/13) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2013B120 Larsen v. DOA (8/29/13) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2013B129 Neumeister v. DOC (11/14/13) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2013B142(C) Reno v. DHS (8/28/14) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; appeal of Administrative Separation; Whistleblower Act.
2013G080 Hardesty v. DHS (5/12/14) Retaliation under CADA; Whistleblower Act.
2013S031 Harrison v. DHS (4/25/14) Age discrimination.
2012B004 Skitt v. UCB (7/19/12) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2012B013(C) Johnson v. CDOT (3/13/12) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2012B016 Buckley v. FRCC (3/23/12) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2012B018 Crouse v. DPS (4/18/12) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2012B036 Hilario v. UCB (5/14/12) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law; attorney fees.
2012B045 Hegler v. DHS (4/23/12) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law; attorney fees.
2012B055 Lawson v. DOC (4/24/12) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2012B071 Bell v. MSCD (6/12/12) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; attorney fees.
2012B108 Arellano v. DOR (11/5/12) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; attorney fees.
2012B123A Wunderlich v. DHS (11/20/12) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law; attorney fees.
2012B128 Brown v. DHS (9/13/13) Disability discrimination.
2012B131 Robinson v. UCD (1/28/13) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law; age discrimination; race discrimination; Whistleblower Act.
2011B001 Cruz v. DHS (4/21/11) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law; attorney fees.
2011B017 Lease v. DHS (2/16/11) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2011B033 Apodaca v. DOR (3/14/11) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; attorney fees.
2011B039 Rushing v. DPS (5/4/11) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2011B042 Lewthwaite v. UCD (5/16/11) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law; Whistleblower Act.
2011B063 Robinson v. UCD (9/26/11) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law; retaliation under CADA; Whistleblower Act.
2011B066 Gietl v. DPS (8/1/11) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law; reverse gender discrimination; attorney fees.
2011B086 Foxworth v. DHS (1/11/13) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; age discrimination; race discrimination.
2011B100 Riley v. DOC (7/12/12) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law.
2011G028 Williams v. DPS (7/16/12) Sexual orientation discrimination; attorney fees.
2011G028(2) Williams v. DPS (8/29/13) Calculation of damages.
2011G099 Rounds v. DHS (2/21/13) Retaliation under CADA; attorney fees.
2010B015 Redding v. DNR (4/27/10) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law; Whistleblower Act; attorney fees.
2010B027 Vidor v. DNR (6/21/10) Discipline contrary to rule or law; age discrimination; national origin discrimination; Whistleblower Act; attorney fees.
2010B049(C) Romero v. UCB (9/30/10) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; national origin discrimination; retaliation under CADA.
2010B065 Harris v. CSU (5/21/10) Arbitrary or capricious reorganization resulting in reduction from full-time to part-time.
2010B067 McCauley v. UCD (4/21/10) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2010B087(C) Beruman & Adams v. DHS (9/23/10) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law.
2010B097 Lyons v. DHS (6/22/11) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law; race discrimination.
2010B101 Griffith v. Mines (7/19/10) Arbitrary or capricious termination; appeal of Administrative Separation.
2010B107 Leyba v. DOC (1/13/11) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law.
2010B117 Lopez v. CDOT (11/4/10) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2010B127 Riley v. DHS (9/9/10) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2010G005 Katzenmeyer v. DOC (11/15/10) Whistleblower Act.
2010G040(C) Luchenburg v. CDLE & OIT (3/4/11) Gender discrimination; harassment under CADA; retaliation under CADA; attorney fees.
2010G082 Schutte v. DOC (12/16/11) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; religious discrimination; harassment under CADA; retaliation under CADA.
2010G087 Livesay v. CDOT (5/20/11) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2009B004 Lujan v. DHS (1/13/09) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law.
2009B012 Bryant v. UC Medical (10/5/09) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law; race discrimination; attorney fees.
2009B016(C) Wilday-O'Neill v. DHS (4/9/09) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; Whistleblower Act.
2009B018 Gonser v. CDOT (1/12/09) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; pre-judgment interest; attorney fees.
2009B021 Vigil v. DOC (2/20/09) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2009B030 Harp v. DHS (6/22/09) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law; race discrimination.
2009B036 Diallo v. DHS (4/8/09) Appeal of Administrative Separation.
2009B038 Umstead v. DPS (6/3/09) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2009B043 Smith v. DOC (7/30/09) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2009B082(C) Shaw & Zarlingo v. DHS (9/10/09) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2009B094 Trujillo v. DOC (11/18/10) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; disability discrimination.
2009G006 Nawrocki v. DPS (3/6/09) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; retaliation.
2009G018 DePaul v. DHS (4/20/09) Appeal of constructive discharge.
2009G085 Miller v. DPS (8/23/10) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; attorney fees.
2008B009 Branch v. DPS (11/26/07) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2008B013 Olson v. DOLA (4/10/08) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; Senior Executive Service employee; violation of constitution; age discrimination.
2008B018 Doering v. DNR (12/28/07) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; attorney fees.
2008B029 Bustamante v. UCB (2/27/08) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law.
2008B032 Benson v. DOC (2/27/08) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; offense of mortal turpitude; attorney fees.
2008B033 Carver v. DOR (4/7/08) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2008B038 Bushrow v. CDOT (3/13/08) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2008B040 Gilbert v. Mines (8/20/09) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; disability discrimination.
2008B050 Harris v. DHS (5/23/08) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2008B081 Salazar v. DOR (6/29/09) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discrimination; attorney fees.
2008B093 Houston v. DOC (12/29/08) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law; attorney fees.
2008B095 Jones v. DOC (10/2/08) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2008B106 Rodriguez v. UCD (1/9/09) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2008G090 Barwick v. DOC (1/22/09) Probationary employee; volation of statute.
2008S010 Wilson v. UCCS (10/16/09) Age discrimination; remedy; attorney fees.
2007B005 Nuss v. DPS (3/30/07) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2007B009 Catholic v. DHS (3/7/07) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2007B015(C) Romero v. UCB (2/19/08) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law.
2007B030 MacDonald v. CDOT (3/16/07) Discipline contrary to rule or law; Whistleblower Act; breach of settlement agreement.
2007B032 Mares v. Ft. Lewis College (5/15/07) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law.
2007B047 Messinger v. DOC (6/14/07) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2007B060 Houston v. DOC (7/16/07) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; attorney fees.
2007B070 Grasmick v. DOC (7/19/07) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2007B071 Horak v. DNR (10/18/07) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2007B073(C) Maynard v. HCPF (12/8/08) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law; gender discrimination; race discrimination; retaliation under CADA; Whistleblower Act; remedy; attorney fees.
2007B075 Martinez v. DHS (1/25/08) Age discrimination; disability discrimination; race discrimination; appeal of Administrative Separation.
2007B076 Baughman v. CSU (10/4/07) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2007B090 Smith v. DHS (12/7/07) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; age discrimination; disability discrimination.
2007B094 Autenreith v. CDLE (10/10/07) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2007B097 Nawrocki v. DPS (10/4/07) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2007B098 Gonser v. CDOT (9/4/07) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2007B102 Malloy v. DHS (3/3/08) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; Whistleblower Act.
2007G073 Pridemore v. CDPHE (5/19/08) Corrective action contrary to rule or law; jurisdiction; remedy.
2007G089 Kirkmeyer v. DOLA (1/14/10) Senior Executive Service employee.
2007G089(2) Kirkmeyer v. DOLA (11/21/12) Senior Executive Service employee; jurisdiction.
2006B007 Robinson v. DHS (3/21/06) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2006B013 Little v. DOC (5/25/06) Appeal of resignation.
2006B039 Shea v. DHS (5/31/06) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; attorney fees.
2006B040 Sarek v. DOC (4/3/06) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law; attorney fees.
2006B046 Quintana v. CDOT (12/12/06) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2006B051(C) Donaldson v. DPS (5/16/07) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; age discrimination; disability discrimination; national origin discrimination; race discrimination.
2006B053 Salazar v. CSU (10/24/06) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; age discrimination; disability discrimination; remedy (medical expenses).
2006B058 Maggard v. DHS (10/23/06) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; attorney fees.
2006B079 Myers v. DPA (11/24/06) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law; remedy (medical expenses); secondary employment.
2006B100 Lybarger v. CSU (4/3/07) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2006B107 Applegate v. DPA (11/2/06) Arbitrary or capricious discipline.
2006B109 Sailas v. UC (11/30/06) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; criminal conviction.
2006G046 Clay v. DOC (1/18/07) Gender discrimination.
2006G047 Hernandez v. DOR (9/27/06) Race discrimination; national origin discrimination.
2006G074 Monett v. DOC (9/29/07) Arbitrary or capricious discipline; discipline contrary to rule or law.

 

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