January 17, 2017 – Before starting a new job, many employees wonder whether to disclose a mental health condition, such as depression, anxiety or PTSD, particularly if they are in need of a workplace accommodation. Similarly, existing employees ask about their rights when it comes to mental health discrimination, harassment and privacy. With charges of discrimination based on mental health on the rise, employees and job applicants should know their rights.
December 12, 2016 - Lawyers, managing partners, and law firm HR departments are well aware of the potentially expensive costs related to discrimination and sexual harassment. Even knowing the legal implications of such misconduct, sexual harassment is not uncommon in law firms throughout the United States.
December 2, 2016 - In a historic ruling, a federal court has denied a motion to dismiss a sex discrimination lawsuit filed by the EEOC, finding that sexual orientation discrimination is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The groundbreaking decision will have a ripple effect nationwide, where lawsuits related to sexual orientation have fallen outside the classification of sexual discrimination under Title VII.
February 3, 2017 – Yesterday, the Eighth Circuit upheld a lower court decision approving settlement terms and attorney’s fees in a class action lawsuit filed by former members Life Time Fitness, Inc. against the company. This decision is welcomed news for the nearly 580,000 putative class members who will now be able to proceed toward final resolution of the lawsuit.
To Participate in the Fair Labor Standards Act portion of this lawsuit, you must sign and return the Consent to Join Lawsuit form by November 28, 2016.
Coyle v. Holsum Bakery, Inc. and Flowers Foods, Inc. et al. is a collective action and putative class action lawsuit brought on behalf of a class of individuals who operate(d) as fresh bakery product distributors for defendants Flowers Foods, Inc. and Holsum Bakery, Inc. who work for Holsum in Arizona. Defendants employ “distributors” in 31 states throughout the southern and eastern United States to deliver bakery and snack food to their customers, which include grocery stores, mass retailers, and fast food chains.
March 20, 2017 – Firm partner Chris Jozwiak took part in a panel presentation to the Minnesota Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association on the False Claims Act. Chris joined a distinguished panel that included Chad Blumenfield, Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota, to discuss litigation strategies and new and emerging trends in False Claims Act litigation.
February 24, 2017 – Firm partner Frances Baillon will be presenting to the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Solo and Small Firm Section on “Growing Your Practice.” Frances joins Sheila Engelmeier of Engelmeier & Umanah PA to discuss strategies and tips on when and how to grow a law firm practice with staff, associates, and partners.
January 31, 2017 - Frances Baillon was named to the list of Best Lawyers® 2017 Employment Law - Individuals. Best Lawyers in America is among the oldest lawyer-rating publications in the United States and recently released its Best Lawyers list in the February 2017 issue of Minnesota Monthly magazine.