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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Former Globe dean wins whistleblower suit

  • Former Globe University Dean Heidi Weber won her case against the school last week, as a jury found she was wrongfully terminated for reporting legal and ethical violations at the school.
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  • Former Globe University Dean Heidi Weber won her case against the school last week, as a jury found she was wrongfully terminated for reporting legal and ethical violations at the school.
    The jury in Washington County deliberated for a full day examining hundreds of exhibits, including various internal emails presented in court, and recounted testimony from Globe executives.
    Weber, who was the network dean of the medical assistant program overseeing numerous campuses out of Woodbury, was fired in 2011. She claimed school officials retaliated against her and violated the Minnesota Whistleblower Act for reporting the violations including falsifying job placement rates and lack of externships they promised students.
    The verdict awards Weber nearly $400,000 for lost wages and emotional distress.
    Globe University has a network of 14 Minnesota campuses, seven in Wisconsin and one in South Dakota.
    The school is also being sued by another former employee, Jeanne St. Claire, who worked as network dean of business at the Woodbury location, for violating the Minnesota Whistleblower Act. That trial is not expected to begin until next year, according to Globe's attorneys.

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