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Employment Law

Does a Whistleblower Have Protections Against Retaliation?

October 31, 2019 – In recent developments regarding the whistleblower complaint by an anonymous CIA officer against actions by President Donald Trump, a common concern has arisen around whistleblower protections. Is the whistleblower in this case in danger of retaliation? What protections does the whistleblower have related to privacy and anonymity? How does this case compare to protections for whistleblowers under Minnesota law?

Wage Theft: How Are You Protected?

August 27, 2019 – Each year, nearly 40,000 Minnesotans lose about $12 million in unpaid wages. Oftentimes, this wage theft occurs in the form of unpaid overtime, withholding paychecks and misclassifying workers as independent contractors. With newly enacted and strengthened laws in place, more employers will be held accountable.

Class Actions

BTJW Files Employment Class Action Against Mayo Clinic: Drug Testing, Medical Cannabis

November 14, 2019 – Medical exceptions for medical cannabis use in Minnesota and nationwide have given employees more rights and leverage in the area of drug testing and job protection. Currently, our firm is pursuing a class action lawsuit on behalf of job applicants and employees of the Mayo Clinic who were subjected to the Clinic’s unlawful medical cannabis and drug testing policies and practices.

Victory for Flowers Foods Distributors in Vermont and New England States

May 21, 2019 – Last week, a Vermont federal court granted class certification for distributors of Flowers Foods, CK Sales, and Lepage Bakeries in Vermont and several New England states. This is fourth straight class certification win for distributor-drivers represented by Baillon Thome Jozwiak and Wanta LLP, who serve as Lead Class Counsel.

Firm News

Navarro and Baillon Present on Sexual Harassment at Mitchell Hamline

November 25, 2019 – Last week, Frances Baillon and Cassie Navarro presented on workplace conduct at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law Alumni CLE Series. Entitled, “Wait…That Happened at Work?: How Sexual Harassment and Inappropriate Workplace Become Actionable,” the CLE explored when and how employees cross the line from inappropriate to actionable under state and federal law.

Baillon Joins Panel on Mediating Sexual Harassment Claims; Nelson Schaffer Presents on Employee Discipline & Discharge

October 22, 2019 – Over the next week, firm partners Frances Baillon and Kaarin Nelson Schaffer will present at separate CLEs on important issues in employment law. On October 25th, Frances Baillon joins an esteemed panel of practitioners at the 22nd Annual Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute. On October 28th, Kaarin Nelson Schaffer will present to employment litigators and HR professions at a conference on the “How-To’s” for investigating and addressing workplace performance and conduct.

BTJW Trial Victory: Whistleblower Wins Against Dakota County

October 11, 2019 - A Dakota County jury returned a verdict in favor of a former Dakota County Jail employee, who was forced to resign after she reported an inappropriate relationship between a counselor and a patient. The verdict was read on October 10, 2019. The jury awarded the plaintiff, Brooke Johnson, over $200,000 in damages, including wage and benefit loss and emotional distress damages.