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Union Pacific, Railroad Association May Be ‘Single Employer’

June 10, 2020, 5:19 PM

Union Pacific Railroad Co. must face trial on a local railroad association worker’s sexual harassment allegations, because those two entities may have been her “single employer” under federal law, the Middle District of Louisiana ruled.

It is undisputed that Monica Hooge was an employee of the Louisiana Railroad Association, which was established by lobbyist-lawyer Carmack Blackmon to represent Union Pacific and 11 other railroads, the court said.

But a trial is needed to determine whether the work Hooge says she also performed for UP’s director of public affairs Cole Tessier—out of the office he shared with LRA—also made her an...

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