Case against Schwan’s heats up as court backs EEOC

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Marshall-based frozen food giant Schwan’s attempt to quash an EEOC subpoena was stopped cold when the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the company must hand over a list of 600 Schwan’s general managers, their genders and dates of hire.

The EEOC demanded the documents in connection with a sex discrimination case filed by former employee Kim Millren. She alleged a Schwan’s vice president sent explicit emails and made sexually derogatory comments to her. Millren claims she was demoted after she complained about the behavior.

Schwan’s has tried and failed three times now to freeze out the EEOC. A federal district court, a three-judge appeals court panel and now the full 8th Circuit have all ruled in favor of the EEOC.

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