October 03, 2018

GCW Files 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 Lawsuit to Redress Retaliatory & Sexually Discriminatory Treatment

GCW Lawyer, Paul Kinne, has filed a lawsuit against the current Chairman of the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC) on behalf of a former WERC employee who was laid-off because of her gender, and in retaliation for her political beliefs and speech.

In 2016, the plaintiff, a licensed attorney who practices as a full-time mediator/arbitrator, was rehired at WERC where she was introduced to the defendant who was also an employee. During the first eight months of her return, the plaintiff experienced several occasions in which the defendant spoke of how he did not trust the plaintiff to other employees, he believed she was a liability based off of her political beliefs and they needed to get rid of her.

“This type of behavior is completely unacceptable,” said Paul Kinne. “GCW does not stand for discriminatory behavior of any kind, and we hope this lawsuit is a step towards making that stop within the workplace.”

The plaintiff is seeking compensation for both economic and emotional harm, as well as punitive damages.

Read the full press release here.

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