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Minn. jury awards SD native $400K from Globe Univ.

  • Associated Press
  • August 27, 2013 - 4:10 PM

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A Minnesota jury has awarded a South Dakota native and former Globe University dean almost $400,000.

The Argus Leader reports (http://argusne.ws/14BpreW ) Heidi Weber once taught in the school's Sioux Falls medical assistant program.

She sued Globe, claiming in a whistle-blower lawsuit that she was fired in 2011 for raising concerns about unethical practices at the for-profit school based in Woodbury, Minn.

A jury in Stillwater, Minn., agreed after Weber argued that Globe had misled students about its job placement rates, didn't tell them about a shortage of opportunities to get experience, and had accepted some with criminal backgrounds without explaining the potential impact of those convictions.

Weber called the ruling bittersweet.

Globe officials insist she was not right, that she was fired for a lack of leadership and poor performance.

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