Case Studies

MDHR Cases

The Department of Human Rights publishes information about selected cases and settlement agreements as part of its mandate under the Human Rights Act to "educate to eliminate" discrimination in Minnesota.

Sexual Harassment Charge against St. Cloud Liquor Store Leads to $30,000 Settlement

The owner of a St. Cloud liquor store has agreed to pay a former employee and her attorneys $30,000 after the Department of Human Rights found probable cause to believe he had sexually harassed her. The Department also found that, after she complained about the harassment, store owner Brian Fanfulik engaged in reprisal by making her working conditions intolerable.

Health Care Provider to Pay $70,000 to Settle Age and Disability Discrimination Charge by Nurse Fired after 37 Years

A nurse in her mid-70s who worked for Health East and Health Inventures in Maplewood until she was fired in 2009 will receive $70,000 in settlement of a charge of disability and age discrimination filed with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.

Charge of Marital Status Discrimination Leads to $50,000 Settlement

JoDee Goblirsch and her husband both worked for same automotive parts company, headquartered in St. Cloud. When her husband quit and took a job with a retail competitor, the company fired Ms. Goblirsch. There was probable cause to believe there was marital discrimination, in violation of the Minnesota Human Rights Act, the Department of Human Rights found.

Article and Case History Archive

Archives from 2009 to 2011 of Case of the Month and previously published articles from The Rights Stuff Forum are available in the Article and Case History Archive.