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Continued: Length of time for Minnesota Department of Human Rights to reach determination in discrimination cases highest in 10 years

  • Article by: ALEJANDRA MATOS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 9, 2013 - 9:16 AM

The other settlement involved a St. Cloud liquor store owner who agreed to pay a former employee $30,000 after the department found probable cause of sexual harassment.

In its investigation the department found that Brian Fanfulik, owner of Liquor Pig, subjected an employee to “gestures that were evocative of masturbation and oral sex, and the slapping of the charging party’s buttocks.”

Lindsey said the department will add two investigators and legal interns in the coming months. He wants to “see how things shake out with the older cases.” Despite the backlog, he said he does not blame any previous administrations.

“It would have been helpful to have had more resources within the department to address the backlog prior to taking on this assignment with the state,” Lindsey said. “All my predecessors will attest to the fact that they didn’t have all the resources that they would have liked. I’m sure they all tried to do their best.”

Alejandra Matos • 612-673-4028 Twitter: @amatos12

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