A Great Falls attorney and former state lawmaker is calling for legislative change in how the state handles discrimination cases.
Anders Blewett represented two women who filed claims with the Human Rights Bureau against the Montana Academy of Salons and a former massage instructor. He said the current avenues available to those affected by discrimination, especially assault, are too few, and the state's current structure violates their right to a jury trial.
"There is a reason we don't see very many sex discrimination/assault claims in Montana," Blewett said in an email to the Great Falls Tribune. "It's not because people aren't getting groped, it has every thing to do with the fact the deck is totally stacked against the victims."
Legal staff from the Human Rights Bureau, however, argues the process is adequate in its current form, providing access to justice for victims in its own form and creating meaningful policy change in the workplace, schools, insurance and other firms.