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$1.4 million awarded in ethanol plant harassment case

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A former northeastern Iowa ethanol plant worker says a jury's $1.4 million verdict in her favor sends a message that workplace sexual harassment cannot be tolerated.

A jury ruled last week that Homeland Energy Solutions in Lawler must pay Tina Haskenhoff $100,000 for lost wages and $1.3 million for past and future emotional distress.

Haskenhoff says plant manager Kevin Howes and other employees repeatedly made inappropriate comments about her and other women. Haskenhoff says she was accused of poor performance after complaining in 2011.

Haskenhoff said Tuesday she cried after the Chickasaw County jury returned the verdict. The 46-year-old Sumner resident says she hopes that she can move on from a devastating period.

But corporation attorney Kevin Visser says the verdict's tainted by improper jury instructions that will be appealed.

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