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Anti-bias agency learns what it’s like to be sued

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The Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights, which investigates discrimination charges, has been sued over an allegedly negligent investigation.

Recent case: Kevin Holmes was terminated from his job with AT&T for failing to get authorization for time off. He complained to the Department of Civil Rights, which investigated his charges, interviewed witnesses and finally determined that Holmes hadn’t suffered discrimination.

Holmes sued AT&T and separately sued the agency, alleging it hadn’t properly investigated his complaint. He said the agency overlooked potential witnesses, among other things.

The court dismissed the case because Holmes couldn’t show the agency had intentionally tried to deprive him of his rights. (Holmes v. Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights, No. 08-06133, DC MN, 2010)

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