Most of our readers know that discrimination of any kind in an employment setting is wrong. With that in mind, it is interesting to see that three female managers have filed a lawsuit alleging breach of contract, age discrimination and sex discrimination against the management of the El Paso Company that acquired the Bank of the Rio Grande. The women claim they were wrongfully terminated and that the bank's CEO said he was pressured to fire them by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
As Veterans' Day was recently observed across the nation, Minnesotans are reminded of and thankful for the many sacrifices of our servicemembers during wartime and in peacekeeping efforts. Aside from the parades and other events held in their honor, veterans are the recipients of a number of extra protections in the workplace aimed at protecting them from disability discrimination.
Minnesota residents may be interested in a recent federal investigation involving a manufacturer of medical devices. The investigation, which relates back to a whistleblower lawsuit that was unsealed in 2008, is noteworthy because of the danger to public health involved.
There are different types of discrimination. Some are common and some aren't. Under the category of employment discrimination, there is a type of discrimination called national-origin and race discrimination. There was a recent case that occurred at St. Cloud University, here in Minnesota, that has attracted attention. A Nigerian professor at the university, who is also a member of the Igbo tribe in Nigeria, believes that his salary is lower than that of other Nigerians at the university who are members of the Yoruba tribe. One of the members of the university's hiring committee is also a member of the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria. It is believed that the Nigerian hiring committee member may have been instrumental in helping his fellow tribe members to be hired at the university at a higher salary.
A complaint has been registered with the Twin Cities' public transit agency. This is the third human rights complaint in less than two years. An employee, a 54-year-old female, made the complaint last month alleging discrimination based on cancer diagnosis and age. The complaint has been filed by a former operations supervisor against her employer, Connect Transit.