April 25, 2017 – Earlier this month, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that an employee’s internal complaint to his employer’s human resources department suspended the one year statute of limitations period for claims filed under the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA). While a victory for employees, the case is a reminder that employment cases have strict time limits for filing claims.
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.
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.
April 20, 2017 - Chris Jozwiak was again published in the updated second edition of The Complete Employment Lawyer’s Quick Answer Book, a comprehensive reference guide for employment lawyers. Chris’s chapter in the book, “Employment Conditions,” explores a range of issues that arise in the everyday workplace, including drug and alcohol testing, the various employee leaves available under Minnesota and federal law, privacy rights, paycheck deductions, and other related employment laws.
April 14, 2017 - Firm partner Chris Jozwiak took part in a panel discussion on the topic of employment law mediations in a Minnesota CLE seminar entitled, “Mediating the Challenging Employment Law Matter and Tips to be Effective.” Chris joined a panel of employment law experts, including Martin B. Ho of Stingley & Ho, P.L.L.P. and Kate Mrkonich Wilson of Littler Mendelson P.C., to discuss the difficult situations that can often arise during employment law mediations.
March 30, 2017 - Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP proudly welcomes Adam Gillette to our employment litigation team. Adam is a powerhouse of employment law knowledge and experience. He has litigated more than 100 cases involving employment discrimination and retaliation and was selected by his peers to the Super Lawyers Rising Star list from 2007 to 2013 and as a Super Lawyer from 2014 to 2016.