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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

Paid Family Leave Not a Reality for Most Employees

September 18, 2018 – Several Minnesota employers have recently expanded their employment benefit policies to include paid family leave to their employees who are new parents. But the reality is, only 13% of Americans have access to paid family leave benefits. And low-income workers, who make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce and are more often African-American or Latino, are the least likely to have access to these benefits.

Online Ads Screen Out Older Workers, Lawsuit Alleges

July 12, 2018 – More and more employers are using social media to target job applicants, in part due to the tools social media providers offer for targeted advertising. However, a recent lawsuit filed against some of the largest companies in the U.S. alleges that these companies are unlawfully targeting by age and excluding older workers. 

Pregnancy Discrimination Widespread in Corporate America

June 19, 2018 – Despite efforts by some companies to accommodate the needs of their pregnant employees, pregnancy discrimination and related retaliation in corporate American persists. A recent New York Times article reported that many of the country’s largest companies continue to penalize pregnant employees.

Class Actions

Pest Control Independent Contractor Investigation

We are seeking to speak with individuals who are considered pest control independent contractors for pest control companies. It is our understanding that these individuals may in fact be employees, not “independent contractors” and, therefore, misclassified under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Wanta Authors Law Review Article on Class Action Fees

May 1, 2018 – Last month, firm partner Shawn Wanta was published in the Mitchell Hamline School of Law’s Law Review. In his article, “How Do Lawyers Get Paid by a Class of Plaintiffs When There is No Fee Shifting Statute?,” Wanta examined how courts are given broad discretion under FRCP Rule 23(h) to determine reasonable attorney fee awards in class action litigation.

Settlement Reached in Coyle v. Flowers Foods and Holsum Bakery

April 17, 2018 – After more than two years of hard-fought litigation, the parties have reached a settlement in the Arizona wage and hour class action lawsuit of Coyle v. Flowers Foods, Inc., and Holsum Bakery, Inc. This case is one of six independent contractor misclassification lawsuits filed against Flowers Food across the country.

Firm News

Judge Sends BTJW Case to Trial on All Claims

August 2, 2018 – This week, attorneys Kaarin Nelson Schaffer and Dustin Massie received a sweeping order in favor of their client from a Ramsey County judge. The case includes claims of age and gender discrimination, retaliation and tortious interference with an employment contract and is now set for trial later this year.