- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) - Two University of Wisconsin-La Crosse employees have filed complaints against their employer alleging discrimination and retaliation.

The assistant director of the university’s Office of International Education, Sandra Sieber, says she was passed over for a promotion that went to a younger woman who’s married to the vice chancellor that supervises her department.

University attorneys deny any discrimination or retaliation against Sieber and argue her complaint should be dismissed.

The La Crosse Tribune (https://bit.ly/1nMsH2w ) says the former director of the office, Jay Lokken, is also alleging discrimination and retaliation because he complained about the spousal hiring to human resources, the affirmative action office and the vice chancellor. Lokken was transferred to another department after returning from a medical leave.

The state is investigating the complaints.

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Information from: La Crosse Tribune, https://www.lacrossetribune.com

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