Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2014

    Taco John's Shift Manager Gave Teenage Employee "Gaytard" Nametag

    Taco John's has proven that fast food can be tasteless in more ways than one. Tyler Brandt, an openly gay 16-year-old, was given a name tag reading "Gaytard" during his shift at a Yankton, South Dakota Taco John's franchise in June. His night manager instructed him to wear it for the rest of the ni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2014

    Harper's magazine profiles geriatric migrant workers in Minnesota

    In the August cover of Harper's magazine, Jessica Bruder writes of a tribe of geriatric migrant workers who "seem one injury or broken axle away from true homelessness." They travel the country in RVs, chasing seasonal, back-breaking employment, unable to retire. Many wind up running the floors of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    Ortman votes against Women's Act days after blasting Franken for being anti-women

    This afternoon, Sen. Julianne Ortman, R-Chanhassan, joined 13 other senators in voting against Women's Economic Security Act. The bill passed by a 51-14 margin and now heads to conference committee.We wouldn't single out Ortman's if it wasn't for the fact that just last week the U.S. Senate hopeful ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2013

    MCTC prof reprimanded for alienating white students during structural racism discussion

    Shannon Gibney, a 38-year-old professor at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College, received a formal reprimand from the school's vice president of academic affairs for the way she handled a discussion of structural racism in her Intro to Mass Communication course. SEE ALSO: "Geography of Ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    Lawsuit: Owner of Buffalo company used slur to explain why he wouldn't hire black temp

    A Minnesota company is being sued for the way it allegedly treated a black temporary worker and a full-timer who says she lost her job after she stood up for her discriminated-against colleague, according to a Star Tribune report.SEE ALSO: Target sued over ludicrously racist training documentMyrna P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Stanley Alms, store manager, allegedly used security cam to videotape employee's breasts

    The federal government is suing Davis Typewriter Company, an office supply and furniture store in Worthington, saying it failed to fix "a sexually hostile work environment" after a manager was caught videotaping another employee. SEE ALSO: Kenneth Kratz, sexting DA, claims immunity from sexual haras ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    CTUL's campaign for retail custodians like Leticia Zuniga

    When Leticia Zuniga was first allegedly sexually assaulted by her boss, she didn't know what to do or where to go for help.See Also: - The perfect victim: A retail custodian sexually assaulted by her boss fights back despite her immigration status - Cub Foods settles lawsuit with cleaning workers

  • News

    May 29, 2013

    The perfect victim: Exploitation and threat of deportation

    A retail custodian sexually assaulted by her boss fights back despite her immigration status

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    Wang Ping, acclaimed poet and professor, sues Macalester for discrimination

    Wang Ping came to the United States from China with $26 in her pocket. 13 years later, she had earned her master's and Ph.D., and in 1999 Macalester hired her to teach creative writing.In 2001 she hopped on the tenure track, and by 2005 she achieved the rank of a tenured associate professor. Meanwhi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    Dianne's Fine Desserts harassed Somalis, used racial slurs, says CAIR

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations is preparing to file discrimination charges against Dianne's Fine Desserts for allegedly mistreating Somali workers. About 45 Somali workers walked off their work site because they refused to follow a new dress code mandating that workers roll up their skir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Somalis walk off job at Minnesota dessert factory in protest of company's new burqa ban

    Somalis working at Dianne's Fine Desserts factory in Le Center aren't happy about their company's new burqa ban, and walked off the job Monday to signal their displeasure. Three weeks ago, Dianne's was purchased by Mike Knowles, a Massachusetts-based businessman. A week later, a Somali woman working ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2012

    Michael Brodkorb files paperwork to begin lawsuit against Minnesota Senate

    ​Michael Brodkorb declined to take questions at a press conference this afternoon announcing that he has filed paperwork with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to begin a lawsuit against the Minnesota Senate. Through his attorney Gregory Walsh, Brodkorb announced that he will be suing S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Saudi royals fired women drivers in Rochester

    Three Rochester women are protesting Saudi Arabia's sexist driving rules.​Saudi Arabia's monarchy is notorious for the way it forces women to live as second class citizens, or worse. Only with written permission from a male guardian can they work, travel or even see a doctor. And they can't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Deborah York resigns teaching post after fighting off first-grader

    Via Fox 9Deborah York moves on.​It was the "Blackboard Jungle" out in suburban Edina in November 2009, but instead of Glenn Ford facing down high school thugs, it was teacher Deborah York struggling to deal with an obstreperous first-grader. That's right. A first-grader. By the time the confront ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2010

    Schwan's being forced to comply with EEOC subpoena

    Schwan's is being forced to release records related to a discrimination clam filed by a former employee.

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    Schwan's fighting record release related to harassment claim

    Schwan's refuses to turn over records that might incriminate it in a sexual harassment claim.

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2008

    Star Tribune to settle sexual harassment suit

    NewsReleases1.jpg The Star Tribune plans to pay more than $300,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit from the U.S. Equal Employ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2008

    Star Tribune comments on sexual harassment settlement

    NewsReleases1.jpg The Star Tribune released a statement about the company's proposed settlement to pay more than $300,000 in a sexu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2008

    Star Tribune sued for sexual harrassment

    The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the Star Tribune today on behalf of fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2008

    No mas

    D'Amico & Partners fired 15 veteran Hispanic workers at the close of business yesterday after they f ... More >>

  • News

    September 19, 2007

    Homo Neurotic

    Katherine Kersten unleashes gay panic in the Strib

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2007
  • News

    March 29, 2006

    When Good Science is Bad Politics

    A troublesome family of synthetic chemicals called PFCs—many of them produced in Minnesota—is turning up in the bodies of people and animals worldwide. So why did the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency force its leading PFC researcher, Dr. F

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2006

    Confined to the kitchen

    11/09: Morning Communique

    Sexual harassment at FOX? Chemical weapons used in Iraq? Larry King loves Vince Vaughn? The Minnesota blog of the day and more...

  • Arts

    March 31, 2004
  • News

    March 17, 2004

    Wal-Mart Wants Your Job

    As the Retailing Behemoth Prepares to Open Its First Store in the Twin Cities Metro, Neighborhoods and Workers Brace Themselves for the Wal-Mart Treatment: Low Wages, Union Busting, and a Big, Friendly Smile

  • News

    October 24, 2001

    Organized Slaughter

    Falling carcasses and untreated injuries: Meatpackers at Dakota Premium Foods were driven to form a union. But not even that got the company's attention.

  • Books

    June 20, 2001

    Smut Check

    The issue of dirty pictures at the Minneapolis Public Library is indeed a federal case

  • News

    May 30, 2001

    Fouling the Air

    Employees say Northwest Airlines works harder to avoid discrimination lawsuits than it does to stop bigotry

  • Books

    February 7, 2001

    Bye-Bye Boys' Club

    In the wake of an $8 million settlement, has WCCO gotten the message about discrimination?

  • News

    August 16, 2000

    The Complaint Department

    Fifty years ago Minneapolis launched a program to stamp out discrimination. Now many of the dream's supporters doubt the city's civil-rights agencies are equal to the task.

  • News

    July 12, 2000


    Jean Sandberg asked her post-office bosses to put a stop to the penis jokes and the wet T-shirt invitations. They sent her complaint to the dead-letter office.

  • Books

    June 7, 2000

    Civil Unrest

    A spat in Minneapolis's Civil Rights department re-ignites a feud

  • Books

    May 17, 2000

    Porn Again

    The Minneapolis Public Library hustles to the vanguard of the anti-smut crusade

  • News

    March 29, 2000

    The Yo-Yo Files

    Why did it take three investigations, two trials, and one year of legal ups and downs to convict Alfred Flowers of sassing a cop? He may never know: Minneapolis, Hennepin County, and the FBI have declared the records top-secret.

  • Books

    March 8, 2000

    Ladies First?

    Keep your laws off my potty: A restroom refusenik's crusade for modesty at Southwest High School

  • News

    January 26, 2000

    Rank Discord

    The cops are reluctant to talk about it. City officials flatly refuse. Who pushed the "mute" button on the most explosive affirmative-action lawsuit Minneapolis has seen in decades?

  • Books

    December 23, 1998

    Driver's Education

    Gordon Guptil nearly lost his life in his Star Tribune delivery truck. Then he lost his job.

  • Books

    July 22, 1998

    The Black Ceiling

    An African-American Target employee's lawsuit alleges that Dayton Hudson set him up for failure

  • Feature

    December 1, 1997

    Positive Environment

    As workers with AIDS remain on the job or return, employers scramble to react.

  • News

    October 29, 1997
  • Articles

    June 11, 1997

    A Way With the Ladies

    What is it about Ted Canova that keeps drawing fire from women at WCCO-TV?

  • News

    April 2, 1997

    LSGI Again?

    The City appears headed toward another lawsuit over property on Nicollet Mall

  • News

    March 26, 1997

    The Thin Black Line

    A veteran cop's race discrimination suit against the St. Paul Police Department raises old questions and new tensions.

  • News

    September 18, 1996


    For 17 years Larry Blackwell has been incurring the wrath of Minneapolis officials in his position as city affirmative action director.