MINOT, N.D. — Last week a jury in Becker County, Minnesota, found that Honor the Earth, a left-wing activist group, must pay a former employee to settle a sexual harassment suit .
Meanwhile, state lawmakers in St. Paul are considering whether to appropriate hundreds of thousands of dollars to the organization.
Honor the Earth, founded by Winona LaDuke, has organized protests against pipeline projects, such as the Dakota Access and Line 3 pipelines, and also advocates for divestment from energy sources like oil, gas, and coal.
According to a report on the suit from my colleague, April Baumgarten, Honor the Earth employee Margaret “Molly” Campbell says she was harassed by a co-worker named Michael Dahl who made “inappropriately sexually charged comments.” Campbell reported the incidents to LaDuke who responded by dismissing her concerns.
“That’s just how Michael is,” LaDuke told Campbell, per filings in the latter’s suit.