MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
Chief Judge John Tunhiem of the Minnesota Federal District Court this week ordered Jostens to face trial on claims raised by former Senior Creative Director Roger Becker, who was terminated in June 2014 after complaining that his supervisor, Jostens Chief Marketing Officer Ann Carr, subjected him to sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace. Carr was hired at Jostens in March 2014 and is the sister-in-law of CEO Charles Mooty. Becker alleges that once Carr assumed her position, she terrorized him and other employees with her abusive and threatening style of management, making the Jostens workplace intolerable. He alleges that he and two other management-level employees each complained about Carr and sought the assistance of Human Resources. Each of their terminations followed shortly thereafter.
Chief Judge Tunhiem found that Becker's claims of unlawful retaliation under the Minnesota Human Rights Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act must proceed to trial. The Chief Judge found that Becker had offered sufficient evidence to present to a jury his claims that he was wrongfully terminated after complaining about Carr "bur[rying Becker's] face in her breasts," "wiggl[ing] her lips in a manner Becker perceived as being sexual, and other serious instances of sexual misbehavior by Carr. (Pg. 15) Tunhiem cited the fact that Becker was terminated only three weeks after complaining about Carr and evidence that CEO Charles Mooty – Carr's brother-in-law – was involved in the termination decision despite specific internal Jostens' policies which prohibited nepotism in employment decisions. (Pg. 21-22.)
"It's rare to find multiple senior managers who all made similar complaints and then were terminated with no real investigation into the complaints," according to Larry Schaefer at Schaefer Halleen, lead counsel for Becker. "Mr. Becker is concerned that by condoning Ms. Carr's abusive treatment by firing those courageous enough to complain, Jostens is turning a blind eye to the most difficult legal issue its substantial client base faces – addressing bullying in the workplace and schools where Jostens does business," stressed Schaefer.
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Peter G. Christian
Schaefer Halleen, LLC
412 South Fourth Street, Suite 1050
Minneapolis, MN 55415
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