Legal Question in Discrimination Law in Iowa

I was a Certified Medical Assistant and quit my job in April 2013 due to ongoing harassment by my manager and sexual harassment on a daily basis by the doctors I worked with,he pulled my hair, breathed in my ear, suggested showing me his "package" and many other rude comments and suggestions.

I had worked there for 2.5 years. I was threatened with termination by my manager several times without verbal warning for bringing to her attention illegal activity by a coworker, who was not a Certified Medical Assistant, but called in prescriptions like she was and other duties as though she was. She was never reprimanded for anything and she is colored . She wrote me up and then rescinded it because I filed a grievance against her. She then wrote me up again even though I was on approved FMLA leave for a migraine.

I filed with the Iowa Civil rights assoc. and it is currently being investigated since April. She told everyone in the office that I filed this against her with the Iowa Civil Rights.

Initially I was denied unemployment, they stated I quit for being reprimanded, but it was the culmination of the work environment and the wrongful disciplinary actions and sexual harassment.

I appealed the decision, an admin law judge also denied it, she barely let me state my side of the story and was very rude to me the entire phone call. I have since filed with the Employment Appeal board awaiting their review after I send in a letter , and I don't want to lose this one, so looking for some insight as to how I can win and overturn the decision.

I am currently a fulltime RN student presently.

Asked on 8/16/13, 9:59 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Robert Luedeman solo practitioner

If you lost at the ALJ level there is a departmental appeal procedure and then you can always go to district court, but you'll have to fund the litigation unless you can get some lawyer to take it on contingency.

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Answered on 8/17/13, 10:08 am

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