Problems piled on problems

The fight to stop wrongdoing in the workplace is ongoing. In far too many cases, sex discrimination takes place, in which one gender is preferred by an employer or manager over the other. In still other cases, an employer will retaliate against a worker courageous enough to step forward and point out problems.

In one recent case far from us in Milwaukee, both sex discrimination and retaliation against a whistleblower are alleged; one problem piled on top of another.

The Minnesota case involves a technical college employee who says he was fired after he reported that the school’s athletic department treated men’s and women’s teams unequally and that employees were mismanaging school funds.

The former Dakota County Technical College employee recently filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the school, alleging retaliation and breach of contract. The former athletic coordinator says the school retaliated by cutting his coaching and teaching work after he reported Title IX violations in the athletic department.

Title IX prohibits gender discrimination in education.

After the former employee reported gender inequity in athletics, he learned of other violations at the school, including a coach allegedly committing credit card fraud. That same coach apparently skirted other rules by enabling student-athletes to receive federal work-study funds for working at the coach’s personal business.

Though the school initially ignored the former employee’s complaints, a later investigation found that most of the issues raised were legitimate.

He is asking for back pay and damages in his lawsuit, a newspaper reports.

A Milwaukee attorney experienced in employment law litigation will have a confidential discussion with you about the specifics in your case of sex discrimination, retaliation or other violations of employee rights.

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