Could a leadership change made five years ago by a community group in La Crosse be reversed by the state of Wisconsin? It’s possible, now that the Department of Workforce Development has ruled that Thai Vue may have been the target of age and sex discrimination , when he was fired as head of the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association. Vue’s attorney, Jim Birnbaum, says the former association director could get his job back or maybe have all of his back pay and benefits restored after the apparent illegal firing.
Vue had been director of H-M-A-A for nearly 25 years when he was replaced by a much younger woman. Birnbaum says no date has been set for a ‘merits hearing’ in Vue’s case.