Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lori Swanson is standing by her running mate, Rick Nolan, despite pressure from liberal groups to dump him over his handling of a top aide accused of sexual harassment. MinnPost reported Thursday that Nolan aide Jim Swiderski was allowed to leave quietly rather than be fired over alleged sexual harassment. Swiderski was hired by Nolan's re-election campaign months later, something Nolan now acknowledges was a mistake. A Swanson campaign spokeswoman, Ruth Stanoch, suggested that Swanson rivals Tim Walz and Erin Murphy are trying to exploit the matter. Stanoch said some of the figures in the MinnPost story have [...]
Newly released documents show the University of Minnesota paid nearly $300,000 to settle sexual harassment complaints related to former athletic director Norwood Teague. He resigned in 2015 after two high-ranking administrators said he sexually harassed them at a senior leadership retreat. Teague apologized for what he said was his "offensive behavior." The women signed separate agreements in 2016 and received settlements totaling nearly $300,000 in exchange for waiving any legal claims they might file against the university. Terms of the settlements were previously undisclosed until the Star Tribune and the Wall Street Journal requested the information.
The Minnesota House of Representatives is considering sweeping changes to their decades-old discrimination and sexual harassment policies. The push to revamp the internal policies came after sexual misconduct allegations against two state lawmakers who resigned last year. A rule change proposed by Majority Leader Joyce Peppin Friday would extend beyond the Capitol for members. It also details how complaints can be made and would toughen rules on retaliation. The measure would also change how harassment claims are handled, including those from third parties. One of the women who accused Rep. Tony Cornish of unwanted sexual advances was a lobbyist but there [...]
House leaders finished a review of sexual harassment allegations against Rep. Tony Cornish last week and lawmakers acknowledge there is still work to do. House Representative Clark Johnson (D-North Mankato) says the goal is to create a safe environment for people who work in the legislature and for citizens who come to the capitol. Rep. Clark Johnson "It's critical that the legislature be a welcoming place, where everybody feels safe and is not subject to any kind of harassment. That's gotta be a goal for not only the workplace, but for the legislature to function. You know, what's happened [...]