Workers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, are most likely aware that in the past, whistleblowers were considered at best an annoyance by the federal government and rewarded through termination for bringing to light any wrong. However, the federal government's attitude has begun to change, particularly with the introduction of the whistleblower protection enhancement law.
A federal lawsuit filed by a former Minnesota State Senate aide alleging wrongful termination due to gender discrimination has been narrowed by a federal judge. The state requested the dismissal of three counts, included allegations of defamation, and this request was accepted by the judge. The former aide's lawsuit alleging one violation of federal law and one violation of state law remain.
Residents of Minnesota may be aware of numerous labor laws that protect them from discrimination in the workplace. Recently, an ex-employee of the Oprah Winfrey Network filed suit against the network, claiming disability discrimination. The plaintiff claims that she received favorable feedback for her work while employed by OWN, and that she was on the road to becoming a vice president, until she became pregnant and was compelled to take a medical leave.
Mendota Restaurants has been ordered to pay $150,000 to 12 victims who endured sexual harassment by a Taco Bell store manager for over a year. The claim, which had been filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of the victims, included several cases of sexual assault, touching, sexual advances and comments. The EEOC also stated that the victims, most in their teens, had repeatedly complained about the sexual harassment, but the organization either fired them or drove them to resign. According to the lawsuit, the severe intensity of abuse made five of the 12 victims file complaints with the Mendota police department.
A former women's golf coach has been awarded $5,000 in a discrimination lawsuit she filed against the University of Minnesota. However, the judgment has been challenged by the University in Hennepin County Court.