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David Albrecht selected for GDMLI Community Connect Program

by Fiedler Law Firm
Employee Spotlight

This morning, the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute announced the participants and mentors for its 2016 Community Connect: Mentors Inspiring Success program. Fiedler & Timmer attorney David Albrecht is one of 30 metro professionals selected to participate. Here is how GDMLI describes the program: Community Connect seeks to inspire future leaders to take purposeful action in the community as a result of relationships with experienced… Read More

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Judge Orders Iowa DNR To Stop Discriminating Against Disabled Employees

by Fiedler Law Firm
Disability Discrimination

This morning, Polk County District Court Judge Robert Hanson ordered the Forestry Bureau of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to “cease and desist from discriminating on the basis of disability.” The order follows a jury verdict that found that the DNR discriminated against John Vetter, a 36-year employee, on the basis of his disability when the agency fired him on August 23, 2013. The… Read More

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Paige Fiedler interviewed by KCCI

by Fiedler Law Firm

KCCI visited the office today to discuss the recent case of a gay teacher being denied employment by Dowling Catholic High School. The story and video are available here, with the legal discussion beginning at 2:55 in the video.   https://www.kcci.com/article/all-sides-express-views-over-school-s-refusal-to-hire-gay-teacher/6905488

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Firm, Client Awarded $1.1M in Post-Trial Orders

by Fiedler Law Firm
Sexual Harassment

In late 2014, a Chickasaw County jury found in favor of one of our firm’s many brave clients, Tina Haskenhoff, on her sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation claims against Homeland Energy Solutions. This morning, the Iowa District Court for Chickasaw County upheld the jury’s verdict and ordered Homeland to pay an additional $240,000 in front pay for Tina, and $846,364.30 for Tina’s attorney’s fees and… Read More

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Paige Fiedler honored by Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys

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Employee Spotlight

The Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys (IOWA) honored Paige Fiedler with the Arabella Mansfield Award. More information on the award is available from IOWA: http://www.iowawomenattorneys.org/awards.php Drake University Law School recently described the honor: Each year, Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys (IOWA) gives two awards, the Arabella Mansfield Award and the Gertrude Rush Award. This year’s honorees both have ties to Drake Law School. Paige Fiedler,… Read More

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F&T; Recognized for Donation to Visiting Mom Project

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Public Good

Last fall, the Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys (I.O.W.A.) teamed with Polk County Women Attorneys and the Ashcraft Library Project to help raise money for the Visiting Mom Project.  The project, initiated by Judges Paulsen and Bremer, raised funds to establish a special meeting room for incarcerated mothers to visit with their children at the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women in Mitchellville. During a recent… Read More

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Complaint alleges gender bias against University of Iowa

by Fiedler Law Firm

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Qualified male candidates were repeatedly passed over for an assistant job in the University of Iowa track program after the athletic department quietly mandated that a woman be hired, a discrimination complaint alleges. Track and field director Larry Wieczorek joked during the hiring process that then-assistant Mike Scott should consider having a sex change operation to improve his prospects, according… Read More

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State officials investigated Jesse Marzen, according to testimony

by Fiedler Law Firm
Workplace Retaliation

WAVERLY — The Iowa Attorney General’s Office initiated a criminal investigation and was collecting evidence for a “Chapter 66” removal action long before Jesse Marzen lost his job as Floyd County attorney. Ultimately, though, officials decided to let an ethics complaint and related trial play out, according to Scott Brown, with the likely expectation Marzen would face disciplinary action. “I thought if they did it… Read More

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Press Release – Nelson v. Knight

by Fiedler Law Firm

Iowa Supreme Court Affirms Employer’s Firing of Attractive Employee Stating She Didn’t Rebuke Her Bosses Sexual Advances Forcefully Enough DECISION DILUTES CIVIL RIGHTS PROTECTIONS AGAINST GENDER DISCRIMINATION DES MOINES, Iowa (July 12, 2013) — An attractive female employee whose presence sparks sexual feelings and inappropriate behavior from her male boss is not protected by the Iowa Civil Rights Act if he should decide to fire… Read More

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