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A substantial jury verdict against a for-profit school in Minnesota has been upheld by a judge.  As reported in the Huffington Post, a Minnesota judge not only refused to set aside a jury verdict of $395,000 against Globe University, but also awarded $500,000 in attorney's fees to be paid by the school.  

The lawsuit was filed against the for-profit school by a former dean, Heidi Weber, who claimed she had been fired for complaining to the school about use of false job placement statistics and other misconduct.

The Huffington Post reported:
"Weber's suit claimed that Globe had violated a state whistleblower law when it fired her from her job as dean of the school's medical assistant program. The Washington County, MN, jury concluded that Weber was indeed fired in 2011 for raising with management that Globe was providing false information to students about placement rates, starting salaries, and the school's accreditation; failing to provide adequate training for students; and improperly paying commissions to school recruiters. The jury awarded Weber $205,000 for lost wages and $190,000 for emotional distress.
"Globe runs 11 campuses in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and South Dakota and has more than 10,000 students. From 2011 to 2012, the company obtained more than $170 million from federal student aid. More than half of Globe's students drop out without graduating; on some campuses, three-quarters drop out."


Questionable representations about job placement are a recurring problem at for-profit colleges and trade schools.  If you are an employee or student at a for-profit school with concerns about representations made to students at the school that you wish to discuss with one of the attorneys operating this College Watchdogs site, call us at 877-540-8333, or complete this form.
 


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