A military veteran who was denied use in her workplace of a service animal by her Twin Cities employer at the time has won $75,000 in a settlement brokered by state human rights officials.
The agreement, announced Wednesday by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, includes not only payment to 34-year-old Laura Ritt to cover lost income, damages and legal fees, but imposes several policy and training requirements of Marathon Petroleum Corp., which employed Ritt at its St. Paul Park refinery until November.
"More Minnesotans with disabilities are working," Human Rights Commissioner Rebecca Lucero said in a statement. "Yet, disability discrimination in employment continues to be one the largest areas of discrimination we investigate. That's why we must address discrimination in order to build a more equitable and inclusive Minnesota."
A man sneaked into the back of a beer truck behind a liquor store in downtown Minneapolis, intent on stealing some of the inventory, but the driver thwarted the thirsty thief and locked the interloper inside until police arrived, authorities said Thursday.