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Appeals court rules Oklahoma trooper's lawsuit may move forward

Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper sued state Public Safety Department, alleging race discrimination.
BY ROBERT BOCZKIEWICZ Modified: July 16, 2013 at 4:00 pm •  Published: July 15, 2013

Pettigrew sued the department, saying he was retaliated against for filing the grievance and that he was discriminated against in the promotion. The Public Safety Department settled the lawsuit by allowing Pettigrew back to work and agreeing not to retaliate against him for suing the department.

Pettigrew sued again in January 2012, alleging the department had retaliated against him by issuing two letters of reprimand to him for workplace conduct after he returned to work.

Senior Judge Tim Leonard denied the department's request to throw out the 2012 lawsuit and the Public Safety Department appealed. Monday's decision by the Denver court upheld Leonard's ruling, allowing Pettigrew's lawsuit to move forward.