Commitment We have a passionate and principled tradition of fighting for employment rights.
Drive We are dedicated advocates of employment rights for all employees.
Experience We have repeatedly obtained significant recoveries for our clients.
Strength Our lawyers have the energy, skill, and resources to take on the largest corporations.
 
We are an employment and consumer protection law firm based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Recognized for our expertise and results, our consumer and employment attorneys are specialists, Super Lawyers and leaders in the legal community. We are dedicated advocates and work tirelessly to secure justice and striking outcomes for our clients.
 

Employment Law

Landmark Minneapolis Sick Time Ordinance Protects Workers

Without paid sick time, employees are more likely to force themselves into the workplace even when they should be at home in bed. In other instances, workers must choose between caring for a loved one or going to work. Currently, four out of 10 workers in the city of Minneapolis do not have access to paid sick time. A landmark ordinance was approved recently giving paid sick and safe time for the majority of workers within the Minneapolis city limits.

Flowers Foods Faces DOL Compliance Review

Flowers Foods, Inc. will face a compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor concerning the company’s employment practices, including its classification of bakery products distributors as independent contractors. The Labor Department’s review follows a wave of class action lawsuits brought by distributors against Flowers Foods under the Fair Labor Standards Act for misclassifying them as independent contractors rather than employees.

Sexual Harassment Suit Filed Against Fox News CEO

Former “Fox & Friends” co-host, Gretchen Carlson, filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes alleging Ailes fired her in retaliation for rejecting his sexual advances and reporting sexual harassment by her former co-host, Steve Doocy.

Class Actions

CFPB Proposes New Regulations To Better Protect Debtors

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) recently released new proposed regulations designed to provide consumers more protection against abusive debt collection practices. The proposed rules, which would apply to third-party debt collectors and debt-buyers only, seek to prevent debt collectors from pushing consumers to pay debts they do not owe, as well as require collectors to inform borrowers of their rights and limit the number of calls to consumers each week.

Target Fair Credit Reporting Act Litigation

Plaintiffs in this FCRA class action allege violations of the statutory requirement that an employer must make a “clear and conspicuous” written disclosure to employees, in a document consisting “solely” of the disclosure, when conducting employment background checks. Plaintiffs contend that Target’s forms failed to make clear that the application contained authorization to perform background checks.

Golden Living Employees FCRA Class Action

Defendants in this class action, based on the Fair Credit Reporting Act, are the largest contract therapy company in the United States. The allegations in this case include violations of the statutory requirement that an employer must make a “clear and conspicuous” written disclosure to employees, in a document consisting “solely” of the disclosure, when conducting employment background checks.

Firm News

BTJW Case Against ConAgra To Proceed

Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta attorneys obtained an important victory for client Chad Dufrene in his discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against his former employer ConAgra Foods, Inc. In denying ConAgra’s Motion to Dismiss, Judge Wilhelmina Wright of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota concluded that Dufrene, who had previously filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, had standing to pursue his claims on behalf of the bankruptcy estate, thereby allowing his lawsuit against ConAgra to proceed.

Thome Speaks at ACI Conference on Employment Discrimination Litigation

Joni Thome will speak at the American Conference Institute’s 8th Annual Forum on Employment Discrimination Litigation in Chicago, Illinois. She joins other experienced litigators from across the country in a panel discussion on new and innovative techniques used by plaintiffs’ attorneys in employment discrimination cases.

BTJW Attorneys Named As 2016 Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Super Lawyers announced that five of our attorneys made the 2016 list of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Joni Thome, Frances Baillon and Chris Jozwiak were recognized as 2016 Super Lawyers. Thome was also named one of Minnesota’s Top 100 Super Lawyers. Both Thome and Baillon were named Top 50 Women Super Lawyers. Shawn Wanta and Matt Nolan were recognized as 2016 Rising Stars.