Recently, a federal appeals court reinstated $3.5 million in punitive damages awarded by a jury to an employee of a Chrysler plant in Illinois in a racial discrimination case.
An Army veteran, who served two tours in Iraq, has filed a lawsuit against the city of Rochester and the Rochester Police Civil Service Commission alleging disability discrimination. The suit states that the police department violated the Minnesota Human Rights Act when he was fired because of his impaired hearing and speech.
Employees in Minnesota have protection under both state and federal law when they notify authorities that their employer is conducting practices that violate a state or federal law. Under Minnesota state law an employer cannot fire, discipline, threaten, discriminate against or penalize regarding wages or benefits a whistleblower employee who reports a violation of state or federal law in good faith to an employer, government body or law enforcement. Employers who violate this law may be forced to compensate the employee.
A recent lawsuit against Mayo Clinic ended with a settlement of $1.26 million on August 2, 2012. The whistleblower lawsuit focused on false claims for billings to Medicare and Medicaid programs from the clinic's Rochester, Minnesota pathology laboratories. The complaint alleged that Mayo billed the government for a frozen tissue slide for quick analysis and a permanent tissue slide, but that the permanent slides were never made or examined.
A former Minnesota Senate aide has filed an employment discrimination lawsuit claiming he was fired for an affair with then-Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch. However, he states he was treated differently than female employees, because women who have affairs with state legislators are not fired. The aide believes this was a wrongful termination and that he should have been offered a job transfer instead of being fired.