Judge Sends BTJW Case to Trial on All Claims

August 2, 2018 – This week, attorneys Kaarin Nelson Schaffer and Dustin Massie received a sweeping order from a Ramsey County judge in the case of Char Weber v. Century Link, Inc., et al., 62-CV-17-499 (D. Ct. Minn. July 31, 2018). Ms. Weber brought claims against CenturyLink under the Minnesota Human Rights Act for age and gender discrimination, as well as retaliation. She also brought a claim against her former supervisor for tortious interference with her employment contract. The case was filed in Ramsey County in January 2017. Defendants filed a motion for summary judgment seeking to have the case dismissed and prevent Ms. Weber from her right to a jury trial. Judge Frisch denied the motion in its entirety finding that Ms. Weber “establish[ed] genuine and material disputed facts surrounding the circumstances of the allegedly illegal and tortious behaviors, [and that] [t]he existence of these material fact issues … [we]re fatal to Defendants’ motion for summary judgment on each of the counts set forth in the Complaint.” The case is set for jury trial in late-November or early-December.

Kaarin Nelson Schaffer is a partner at Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP and a driven advocate for employee rights. Kaarin represents employees facing discrimination, harassment, retaliation and other forms of unlawful workplace conduct by employers and has litigated many cases through trial. She has been named to the list of Minnesota Rising Stars in employment litigation every year since 2014 and regularly presents at conferences on employment law.

Dustin Massie is an employment attorney with the firm and a committed fighter for workers’ rights, representing employees who have suffered job-related discrimination, retaliation and harassment. He has been named to the list of Minnesota Rising Stars, authored several articles on employment law and was selected as a 2018 Up & Coming Attorney by Minnesota Lawyer.

Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP is an employment law firm committed to protecting the rights of employees who have suffered workplace discrimination, harassment and retaliation. For questions about the firm or your employment rights, contact Kaarin, Dustin or any of out attorneys by clicking here or calling us at 612-252-3570.