The former owners of an Eveleth, MN iron ore mining company represented by Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. have agreed to settle a longstanding class action sexual harassment lawsuit filed on behalf of 15 women employees who worked there during the 1970s.
Plaintiffs charged that they had to carry knives and mace to work in order to defend themselves after they were repeatedly beaten, threatened with rape and murder, called "dogs", denied access to restrooms, inappropriately touched and grabbed by male peers and supervisors.
Several of the plaintiffs have been diagnosed with post traumatic stress syndrome, a condition that often plagues combat veterans and sexual abuse survivors.
Federal law limits sexual harassment awards to $300,000 per individual, but plaintiffs in this particular case were able to win more because the case was tried under Minnesota state law, which does not restrict the amount of money which can be awarded in sexual harassment suits.
Although all parties agreed not to reveal the exact amount of the settlement, sources contacted by the Washington Post estimate that individual plaintiffs will receive more than $300,000 each, and that the total settlement will surpass $1 million.
Media Resources: Washington Post - January 5, 1999
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The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .
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UPS announced on Monday in a memo to employees, and in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, that the company will begin offering temporary, light-duty positions to pregnant workers on January 1, 2015. . . .
10/30/2014 North Dakota Medical Students Speak Out Against Measure 1 - Medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences are asking North Dakotans to vote no on Measure 1, a personhood measure on the state ballot this fall.
The students issued published a letter in the Grand Forks Herald stating that they opposed Measure 1 in part because they are against "the government's taking control of the personal health care decisions of its citizens." Nearly 60 UND School of Medicine students signed the letter, citing concerns over the "very broad and ambiguous language" used in the proposed amendment, which has no regard for serious and life-threatening medical situations such as ectopic pregnancies.
Measure 1 would change the North Dakota state constitution to create an "inalienable right to life" for humans "at any stage of development" - including the moment of fertilization and conception. . . .