Complaints of discrimination, retaliation filed against UWL

Documents filed with state Department of Workforce Development

Two complaints are filed by UW-La Crosse employees alleging discrimination and retaliation.

Documents filed with the state Department of Workforce Development in April say Sandra Sieber, the Assistant director of the Office of International Education believes she was passed over for a promotion. The job went to a younger woman who is married to the vice chancellor who supervises her department.

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

The second complaint comes from the former director of that office, Jay Lokken. He is also alleging discrimination and retaliation because he complained to human resources that Sieber was passed over and says he has received extra scrutiny from his supervisor since.

Lokken also says he was involuntarily transferred to another department this month after returning from Medical leave. A response from the University for that complaint is due next month.