Lawsuit accuses law firm’s boss of firings due to politics
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Three former partners at a St. Cloud law firm are suing the firm’s president after he allegedly fired them because they warned him that firing other employees based on their political beliefs is illegal.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Wednesday that William Kain, Margaret Henehan and Kelsey Quarberg are alleging wrongful termination.
According to the lawsuit, the three were partners at the Kain and Scott law firm. They allege the president, Wesley Scott, was upset by the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and told the firm’s operations manger to fire two employees he considered racist because they supported former President Donald Trump and police on social media. When the manager refused to fire the employees, he forced her to resign, fired one of the two employees and threatened to fire the other, the lawsuit alleges.
Scott then fired the partners after they told him it’s illegal to fire someone for their political beliefs. He went so far as to call police to remove the pregnant Quarberg from the office, saying she was trespassing and physically threatening him. He told other employees at the firm that the partners were violating “everything that is dear to us and I won’t let that happen.”
Scott told the Star Tribune on Tuesday that he hadn’t seen the lawsuit and wouldn’t comment until he’d read it.
This story was first published June 9, 2021. It was updated June 10, 2021, to correct that the partners allege the law firm’s president fired them because they warned him that firing other employees based on their political beliefs is illegal, not that they were fired for supporting former President Donald Trump. The headline also has been updated, and additional detail has been added from the lawsuit.