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Latina businesswoman who sued Minot loses 8th Circuit appeal

January 7, 2019

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A Latina businesswoman who lost a racial discrimination lawsuit against the city of Minot and its airport director has now lost an appeal.

An 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel agreed with the November 2017 decision of U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland that Eva Lucke had no direct evidence she was discriminated against because she is HIspanic.

Lucke is a naturalized American citizen who was born in Chile. She sued in March 2016, alleging the city and the airport director at the time demanded unfair lease terms for her business on airport grounds. Hovland disagreed, and the 8th Circuit judges recently upheld his decision.

Lucke can request a rehearing or appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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