Schwan's being forced to comply with EEOC subpoena

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Resistant to comply for months, Marshall-based frozen foods company Schwan's is now being forced by federal court to comply with a subpoena issued last fall by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission related to a discrimination claim filed by a former employee.

U.S. District Court Judge Janie S. Mayeron ordered the company to release personnel information going back several years that could be pertinent to Kim Milliren's accusations that company employees harassed her and did not allow her to graduate from a management training program.

The company has until March 29 to comply with the order.

Some background from the EEOC:

On July 3, 2007, the EEOC's Minneapolis Area Office received a charge filed under Title VII by Milliren, alleging that she was discriminated against on the basis of gender and subjected to sexual harassment and retaliation during her employment with Schwan's Home Service. Milliren was selected to participate in Schwan's General Manager Development Program, a training program that trains candidates to be location general managers at its warehouse depots throughout the country. Since that time, the EEOC has been investigating whether Milliren and other women were subjected to sex discrimination in the General Manager Development Program.

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