A teacher who has taught in the South Washington County School District for more than 30 years is filing a lawsuit after what he claims is wrongful termination. The teacher missed a significant amount of work while recovering from a surgery and subsequent medical condition and was fired. The teacher, who also served as a coach and assistant principal in the district over the years, is now suing for employment discrimination.
A former employee of the publishing company Penguin Group has filed a legal complaint against the publisher for wrongful discharge due to age discrimination. The complaint should remind Minnesotans that age discrimination is a real concern and that it may be prevalent in even in the most well-known and well-respected companies. It should also inject employees with the courage to speak out against such discrimination.
A boat manufacturing company will pay out a settlement of $295,000 for discriminating against female job applicants who were rejected from job openings at its plant in northwestern Minnesota. The employment discrimination suit filed in 2011 claimed that the company rejected these women who applied for entry-level jobs with the manufacturer. Although the company denied the allegations, its parent company has agreed to pay back wages and interest to the original applicants.
The Norfolk Southern Railway Co. was ordered to pay $932,070.46 in damages, including more than $387,000 in punitive damages and attorney's fees, to two whistleblowers. Following an investigation, OSHA determined that Norfolk Southern violated the Federal Railroad Safety Act's whistleblower provisions when it awarded the employees these damages. The investigations were completed by the US Department of Labor's Occupational and Safety and Health Administration's Chicago office, which covers Region 5 including Minnesota.