Schoen Failed to Complete Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training in Cottage Grove

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State Sen. Dan Schoen

November 15, 2017 03:16 PM

The Cottage Grove City Clerk says state Sen. Dan Schoen failed to complete sexual harassment prevention training that was mandatory for all city employees.

Schoen works as an officer for the Cottage Grove Police Department. The city placed Schoen on administrative leave after several women came forward accusing him of sexual harassment.


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Cottage Grove City Clerk and Human Resources Manager Joe Fischbach says the city started doing mandatory, biannual sexual harassment prevention training for employees in 2016. However, Fischbach says Schoen was on legislative leave at the time of the training and did not complete it when he returned to work for the city.

"An email was sent to all employees that they needed to complete (the training)," Fischbach wrote in an email to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS. "I cannot say if (Schoen) read the email when he returned or why he did not log on to complete it."

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS filed a Minnesota Government Data Practices Act request with the city of Cottage Grove for information pertaining to any training or seminars Schoen took while working for the city.

According to records provided by city, Schoen's first and only sexual harassment prevention training was in November of 2003.

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Reached by phone Wednesday, Schoen's attorney, Paul Rogosheske said his client could not have attended the training due to his obligations at the Legislature.

"No- he could have done it," Fischbach said in an emailed response. Fishbach said the training is offered online and is done at the employee's pace.


Tim Vetscher

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