ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The former General Counsel of the Michigan Credit Union League has filed a lawsuit against the league alleging discrimination and retaliation.
The suit was filed July 11 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The plaintiff, Veronica Madsen, is suing the Michigan League (along with CU Solutions Group, Inc. and CUCorp, Inc.) for $75,000, plus attorney’s fees and punitive damages.
Madsen became the league’s General Counsel in July 2005. The suit alleges her requests over the years for salary increases were consistently ignored or denied, and that she was denied a VP title and bonus opportunities because of her gender. The suit also alleges Madsen was penalized for a deposition she gave in June 2010 in the case of another MCUL employee suing for gender discrimination. Following the deposition, Madsen allegedly was told by MCUL CEO Dave Adams that she would not be receiving a raise and that she would no longer be doing legal work for the league.
In December 2011, Madsen filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging that she was being retaliated against for her earlier testimony. Following her EEOC complaint, the suit alleges Madsen was stripped of her General Counsel title and was demoted to Director of Regulatory Affairs. Madsen later amended her EEOC complaint, stating that her demotion constituted further retaliation by her employers.
The suit alleges that in addition to discriminating against Madsen on the basis of her gender, the MCUL violated the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) “not to retaliate against her with respect to employment, compensation, or a term, condition or privilege of employment because she has opposed a violation of this act, or because she has made a charge, filed a complaint, testified, assisted, or participated in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing under this act.”