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Wanta Featured in Kare 11 Consumer Protection Story

Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP employment and consumer attorney Shawn Wanta was recently featured in a news story aired on Twin Cities NBC affiliate, Kare 11. The story, “Sen. Franken wages war against consumer contract clause,” focuses on a clause that is commonly written into consumer and employment contracts – often to the disadvantage of the consumer/employee.

Thome and Baillon Win Minnesota Court of Appeals Reversal

Attorneys Joni M. Thome and Frances E. Baillon recently won a reversal at the Minnesota Court of Appeals in an age discrimination case. In Ritter v. Auntie Ruth’s Furry Friends, Plaintiff alleged her employer discriminated against her on the basis of her age in violation of the Minnesota Human Rights Act. The district court dismissed Ritter’s case deciding there was insufficient evidence to show the employer’s decision to terminate Ritter was motivated by her age. The court of appeals disagreed and reversed the district court.

Baillon, Thome Featured in Attorney at Law Magazine

Frances Baillon and Joni Thome were recently featured in Attorney At Law. The article discusses Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP’s team-based approach to litigating employment discrimination and wrongful termination cases. A fundamental operating principle of the firm is to give each client or prospective client careful attention from the moment they contact the office. Every individual who calls speaks with an attorney right from the start.

BTJW Attorneys Named 2014 Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Super Lawyers has recognized six of our attorneys as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Each year, Super Lawyers identifies top legal talent based on their professional achievements and peer recognition in various areas of the law. The Super Lawyer distinction is awarded to only 5% of practicing lawyers in Minnesota, while no more than 2.5% of practicing attorneys in state are named Rising Stars.

Jozwiak and Baillon Certified as Employment Law Specialists

In a recent announcement by the Minnesota State Bar Association, attorneys Frances Baillon and Christopher Jozwiak, along with 16 other Minnesota attorneys, were certified as Labor and Employment Law Specialists. The certification program is administered by the MSBA and approved by the State Board of Legal Certification. It includes an extensive peer review, consideration of each attorney’s record of documented experience, and a labor and employment law written examination.

Baillon, Nolan and Wanta Present at NELA

Attorneys Frances Baillon, Matthew Nolan and Shawn Wanta spoke at the 2014 Eighth Circuit National Employment Lawyers Association Conference “New Frontiers: The Fight for Employment Equality.” The two-day conference, designed for lawyers and professionals who represent employees, featured presentations and demonstrations by leading plaintiffs’ lawyers in the Eighth Circuit.

Thome Presents at 2014 Employment Law Institute

Joni Thome returned as a presenter at the 2014 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute. Described as “The Nation’s Best Employment Law Conference,” the Institute is one of the largest employment law conferences in the nation. The two-day conference, attended primarily by employment attorneys and human resource professionals, provides educational programming and resources, including 100 sessions covering nearly every aspect of employment law.

Baillon and Leland Featured in MSBA Employment Law Update

Frances Baillon and Daniel Leland were again published in latest edition of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law E-Newsletter – Volume 27. This seasonal electronic newsletter contains updates and developments in employment and labor law.

Thome One of Minnesota’s Top 50 Women Lawyers

Employment lawyer Joni Thome has again been selected as one of Minnesota’s Top 50 Women Lawyers. The elite list of honorees represents an impressive group of lawyers from a variety of practice groups. The selection process consists of nominations and evaluations by peers, research by committee and a blue ribbon review process. Thome was also awarded this honor last year and has been named on the Top 100 Women Lawyers list since 2007.

Wanta Quoted in MN Lawyer on Employer Drug Testing

Employment law attorney Shawn Wanta was quoted in the August 4, 2013 edition of Minnesota Lawyer Newspaper regarding a recent Minnesota Supreme Court decision on Minnesota’s Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace Act (DATWA). The Court held that an employee has six years after a violation to bring a claim under DATWA. The Court’s ruing in Sipe is consistent with prior application of Minnesota’s DATWA statute, which construes the statute liberally in favor of employees.