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Employment Law

Hostile Workplace: When Does Harassment Become Unlawful?

January 25, 2018 – Nearly one-fifth of workers say they face a threatening or hostile workplace, according to a recent study by the Harvard Medical School, the University of California and the Rand Corporation. While state and federal employment laws protect employees from several forms of workplace harassment, not all comments or behaviors that are unwelcomed meet the legal definition of a hostile work environment.

NLRB Roles Back Contract Worker Protections

December 15, 2017 – Yesterday, the National Labor Retaliations Board overturned its 2015 decision in Browning-Ferris Industries, 362 NLRB No. 186 (2015), concerning joint-employer liability. In a 3-2 decision, the NLRB overruled a standard that had made it easier for workers to hold companies liable for questionable independent contractor, subcontractor and temporary employment agency working arrangements.

Witness Workplace Sexual Harassment?

November 16, 2017 – Victims of workplace sexual harassment often find it very difficult to report it. In fact, only one in four employees makes a report. Witnesses not only provide crucial support to victims, but they are instrumental in rooting out perpetrators and helping make the work environment safer for all employees. Many are surprised to learn the law protects witnesses, too.

Class Actions

Moran Transportation Corp. Dock Workers Win Conditional Class Cert

November 2, 2017 – This week, dock workers employed by Moran Transportation Corporation won conditional class certification in their wage and hour lawsuit against the company. Kackman v. Moran Transporation Corp. seeks to recover unpaid overtime wages for company dock workers employed in Minnesota and in other locations. Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP has been appointed conditional collective action counsel in this matter.

Firm News

Massie Presents at 2018 FBA Rising Professionals Symposium

February 8, 2018 – Last week, Firm attorney Dustin Massie presented at the inaugural Rising Professionals Symposium in Las Vegas, Nevada. Organized by the FBA, the conference brought together young attorneys and legal minds from around the country to discuss ways to help up-and-coming lawyers build their practice and become leaders in the legal community. Dustin led the session, “Cut the Small Talk, Get Real and Grow Your Career.”

Baillon, Thome to Present on When Workplace Conduct Becomes Actionable

January 9, 2018 – Firm partners Frances Baillon and Joni Thome will present on workplace conduct at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law Alumni CLE Series. Entitled, “Wait…That Happened at Work?: When Inappropriate Workplace Conduct Becomes Actionable,” this CLE will explore when and how employees and employers cross the line from irritating to actionable under state and federal law.

Massie Authors Article on Genetic Testing, Privacy & Employment

December 7, 2017 - In his article, “23, My Employer & Me: On Genetic Testing, Privacy, and Employment,” which was published in this month's issue of Bench & Bar of Minnesota, firm attorney Dustin Massie examines federal and state legal protections regarding employee genetic information following his own genetic testing experience with the popular consumer genetics company 23andMe®.