Discrimination case could test legal doctrines

November 18, 2002
Sandy Nelson was hired on the spot when she applied for a carrier relations job in 1996 at transportation giant C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. The Chaska woman saw it as a promising start and hoped eventually to move into sales.
     Six years later, Nelson is battling depression and anger and faces an uncertain career, having left the Fortune 500 company last year.
     Nelson is one of 14 former and current female Robinson employees who claim in court papers that they were subjected to a hostile work environment, sexually harassed, underpaid and denied opportunities made available to male employees. Millions of dollars are at stake, and two experienced Minneapolis law firms are laying the groundwork for a highly charged battle.