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What Kind of Neighbor is Menards?

Updated: Mar 7, 2023

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NICOLET LAW OFFICE SECURES $2.62 MILLION DOLLAR VERDICT AGAINST MENARD, INC. ANOKA, Minn., Feb. 7, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Nicolet Law Office, S.C. attorneys Russell D. Nicolet and Ryan T. Muir, secured a $2.62 million dollar jury verdict against big box retailer, Menard, Inc., after a 4-day jury trial on December 9, 2022. The lawsuit was filed in Anoka County District Court (File No. 02-CV-18-6818) on December 14, 2018, on behalf of a Wisconsin man, Richard Erkenbrack, who suffered a neck injury and cervical fusion surgery after an injury sustained in the Menard's store in Coon Rapids, Minnesota.


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Menard gives Walker $1.5 mill. thru WI Club for Growth. Then WEDC gives Menard $1.8 mill. • March 24, 2015 "According to Michael Isikoff and Yahoo News, the richest man in Wisconsin broke campaign finance laws to the tune of $1.5 million dollars when he gave 5 checks to Scott Walker via Eric O’Keefe’s mo…" bluecheddar.wordpress.com


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https://www.journal-news.com/business/ohio-attorneys-file-class-action-suit-against-menards/orrZwSsnDVa2IU91zYuasJ/

Columbus law firm sues Menards: Dayton Business "The law firms of Barkan Meizlish, LLP and Anderson2X, PLLC filed a class and collective action lawsuit Thursday against Menard, Inc., the Wisconsin-based operator of about 300 Menards retail stores in 14 states, including Ohio.


The suit alleges that Menards failed to properly pay about 160 current and former hourly Menards employees in 13 states, violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state wage and hour laws."


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Big Money - Milwaukee Magazine "Menards managers must sign a work agreement in which they consent to pages of rules and penalties: They are fined $10 if there are more than 15 carts in the parking lot, $100 a minute if a store opens late, $10 if a customer doesn’t pick up a special order within 10 days. With military-like discipline, a manager’s absences are tightly controlled, and suggestions to a superior are not welcome." www.milwaukeemag.com


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Menard ordered to pay $30,000 to settle illegal dumping charge - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Retailer Menard Inc. has agreed to pay $30,000 in fines and court costs for violating state environmental laws in connection with a 2007 case in which a pallet of herbicide was dumped on a parking island of a Menard store in Onalaska."

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State charges Menard's with dumping hazardous waste - Milwaukee Business Journal Menards was charged with dumping waste that flowed into the Chippewa River

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Indiana woman sues John Menard for extortion, battery, assault - WISN "Tomisue Hilbert filed her lawsuit May 29 in Hamilton County. She accuses the founder of the Eau Claire, Wis.-based Menards home improvement stores of extortion, battery, assault and breach of fiduciary duty for actions including the sacking of Steve Hilbert as CEO of MH Private Equity, an Indianapolis-based firm that she, her husband and Menard founded in 2005."

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https://www.eeoc.gov/newsroom/eeoc-sues-menard-inc-sexual-harassment


EEOC Sues Menard, Inc. for Sexual Harassment - U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission "Tomisue Hilbert filed her lawsuit May 29 in Hamilton County. She accuses the founder of the Eau Claire, Wis.-based Menards home improvement stores of extortion, battery, assault and breach of fiduciary duty for actions including the sacking of Steve Hilbert as CEO of MH Private Equity, an Indianapolis-based firm that she, her husband and Menard founded in 2005."


Follow-up: https://www.eeoc.gov/newsroom/menards-pay-25000-settle-eeoc-sexual-harassment-suit

Menards to Pay $25,000 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Suit - U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

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Ex-Menards worker sues alleging racism - Chicago Tribune

"The suit by Jeff Tucker, 31, formerly of Richton Park, alleged that "KKK," "White Nazi Power," racial epithets and Nazi swastikas were written or carved into the men's bathroom wall. Death threats were also written on the walls and directed at Tucker and another black employee, the suit alleged....The suit alleged that Tucker was fired in March 2002 after he had twice filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission."

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Corporate Giving…and Taking, Menards’ Final Dollar of Mine | Triple J's Realm "I’ve spent my last dollar I ever will at a Menards store for the rest of my life. It’s not often I can say something with such assurance as that. We often disagree with principles of an organization, or don’t know about them, and still patronize them with our business because of the services and/or products they provide in our market or community. Most places that I’ve ever seen a Menards store in Wisconsin…there is another option, and I know I’ll be choosing it always, whatever the cost."


To quote FDR:

"Many hard lessons have taught us the human waste that results from lack of planning. Here and there a few wise cities and countries have looked ahead and planned, but our nation has "just grown." It is time to extend planning to a wider field. If we are successful, we can march on, step by step, in a development of the great natural territories within our borders."

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