Litigation

Habberstad, et al v. Country Bankers, Inc., et al:  In this case, the Steele County District Court found that defendants discriminated against the plaintiff because of his sexual orientation, retaliated against him and breached fiduciary duties owed to him.  The court awarded approximately $3.5M in past and future damages.   Read the Order

Abraham v. County of Hennepin:  In this case, the Minnesota Supreme Court found in favor of plaintiffs and held that plaintiffs are entitled to a jury trial on claims brought under the Minnesota Whistleblower Act.

Waldhauser, et al. v. County of Dakota:  The plaintiffs in this case won a judgment for double their actual damages in a case involving illegal pre-employment medical questions and age discrimination.

Kersten v. Old Dominion Freight Line:  Ground breaking results for Minnesota Parenting Leave Act worker protections.  Plaintiff won summary judgment against Old Dominion.

Settlement

Our lawyers have settled a broad range of individual cases, from small cases involving tens of thousands of dollars, to larger cases involving hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Our attorneys have also settled large class action cases.  Although most settlements are private, some are public.  Examples of public settlements achieved by our lawyers include the following:

Family and Medical Leave Act and Whistleblower claims brought on behalf of a state worker, settled for $150,000

Sex discrimination case brought on behalf of a female police officer, settled for $400,000.

Claims of retaliation, failure to pay overtime and defamation brought on behalf of a city clerk, settled for $210,000.  http://www.arlingtonmnnews.com/articles_display?article_id=353

Sex discrimination case brought on behalf of a female fire fighter, settled for $60,000.

Sexual harassment and pay discrimination case brought on behalf of a female Quality Assurance manager, settled for $140,000.

Age discrimination claim brought on behalf of security officer, settled for $135,000.

Retaliation claim brought by female police officer against a city and the chief of police, settled for $60,000.

Estate of Whitledge:  $160,000.  One of the first cases in the nation filed under new ADA Amendments that broadened the scope of protection for employees with disabilities.

$137,000 settlement in an age bias case.

Obtained summary judgment against a business for violating the Minnesota Parenting Leave Act. For order, follow link:  Kersten v. Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.

Anoka Hennepin School District:  National blueprint for anti-bullying program in a 5 year consent decree, plus $270,000 in damages.  http://www.twincities.com/ci_20112273/anoka-hennepin-bullying-lawsuit-plaintiffs-speak-settlement-agreement