Skico, former housekeeper settle remainder of termination suit |

Skico, former housekeeper settle remainder of termination suit

Rick Carroll
The Aspen Times

Aspen Skiing Co. and a former employee have agreed not to move forward with a hearing that could have resulted in more monetary damages for the plaintiff.

Documents introduced Monday in the U.S. District Court in Denver show that Skico and plaintiff Arcelia Rojo, who in January won a post-trial jury verdict that triggered a $150,000 award , agreed to dismiss the remaining portion of the case. U.S. Senior District Judge Richard P. Matsch approved the dismissal Tuesday.

A former housekeeper at Skico’s Little Nell hotel and Sundeck restaurant, Rojo sued the company in 2014 for violating the Americans With Disabilities Act when it fired her. Rojo’s case alleged that Skico defied her doctor’s orders regarding work restrictions because of an elbow she injured after she fell in a shower stall while training employees at The Little Nell hotel in 2011. She was later transferred to the Sundeck before Skico terminated her on March 1, 2013.

While the jury’s award was for compensatory damages, which were based on Rojo’s humiliation, mental anguish and loss of reputation because of Skico’s termination, Rojo stood to collect additional money for front and back pay.

A hearing on the matter was set for next week, but both sides agreed to dismiss the case.

Rojo’s attorney, Ted Hess of Glenwood Springs, and Skico attorney Mark Wiletsky of Boulder did not return phone messages seeking comment Tuesday.

Rojo lives in Carbondale. She was 45 at the time of her firing.

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