Frontier settles pregnancy discrimination lawsuit and survey shows more Coloradans are interested in trade schools than college

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Frontier Airlines’ Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit Settles

Frontier Airlines has settled a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit, according to a press release Monday by the American Civil Liberties Union.

In Dec. of 2019, five pilots filed a lawsuit against the airline for forbidding women to breastfeed while in uniform. They also alleged that they were disciplined for seeking breastfeeding accommodations and were given unpaid leave during pregnancy, according to The Denver Post

With the settlement, Frontier has agreed to amend the current policies surrounding pregnant and lactating employees. Amendments include allowing pilots to breastfeed during noncritical phases of flights, and making sure pregnant and lactating pilots are treated the same as those with other medical conditions that prevent them from flying.

Frontier’s Vice President of Labor Relations Jacalyn Peter says the airline is proud to be a pioneer in meeting the needs of pregnant and breastfeeding women.

 

Erie Police Department’s Internal Investigation Leads To Firing Five Employees

Erie Police Department announced that an internal investigation led to five employees losing their jobs in a press release Monday.

Very few details were provided in the release. According to the Daily Camera, the investigation confirmed misconduct from four sergeants and one officer.

The press release did not include further details as to what the misconduct entailed but Chief Lee Mathis says the misconduct was not criminal in nature. He says the employee’s behavior didn’t align with the department’s values and could be detrimental to the work environment. 

According to the press release, the police dept. will not release any more details of the investigation.

 

Coloradan Skeptical Of College, New Report Shows

Over 60% of Coloradans think it’s more important for high schools to focus on career programs and trade schools than preparing students for college, according to a new survey by Magellan Strategies.

The majority of the survey participants had at least a bachelor’s degree, but participants across the political spectrum came to an agreement that the cost of college is high – often leading to high student loans – and that not all well-paying jobs require a college degree.

Magellan Strategies’ CEO says conservatives in particular have ideological reservations about higher education, including colleges being hubs for the “woke” culture.

According to Chalkbeat, this survey mirrors other nationwide surveys, in which Gen Z young adults are prioritizing attending a trade school over college.

 

Parents Sue JeffCo Schools For Bunking Assignment 

 Two Colorado parents are suing Jefferson County Public Schools for allegedly hiding information from parents and lying to students about bunking assignments on a school trip. 

Joe and Serena Wailes are suing the school board after their daughter was assigned to share a bed with a biological male on a fifth-grade cross-country school trip.

The biologically male student identifies as transgender, and the Wailes family claims they were kept in the dark about this sleeping arrangement. They say this violated their rights as parents and their child’s right to privacy.

The school’s policy on room accommodations for transgender students states that, when it comes to sleeping arrangements, these students should be assigned to bunk with others that share their gender identity. It also says that a student’s gender identity should be kept confidential when arrangements are being made.

The Wailes are calling for clarification on whether families will know the sex of their child’s roommate and if parents can opt out of gender identity-based rooming. 

The family is being represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian legal advocacy group.

 

City of Denver Seeks Bilingual Employees

The city of Denver is seeking bilingual employees to help support an influx of migrants in the region’s shelters.

Denver Mayor Mike Johnston stressed the importance of bilingual staff, saying they’ll ensure the migrant shelters are operated safely and the migrants will be equipped with the necessary resources to feel welcomed. 

The city will hold two hiring events on Friday, one from 8 a.m. to noon and the other from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Ivonne Olivas

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