Employment Law

401(k) Fees Too High? Your Employer May Not Be Doing Its Due Diligence

November 9, 2018 – For many of us, employer-sponsored 401(k) retirement plans are the cornerstone of our financial security in retirement. However, excessive fees can eat into our hard-earned savings and leave us questioning whether our employer is managing the plan properly and operating in our best interest.

EEOC Reports Increased Sex Harassment Charges, Lawsuits in FY 2018

October 11, 2018 – Last week, the EEOC released its preliminary findings on sexual harassment claims for fiscal year 2018, reporting a 12% jump in charges filed with the agency compared with 2017, as well as a staggering 50% increase in lawsuits filed on behalf of employees by the agency.

BTJW is Honored to Support Cancer Legal Care

September 27, 2018 – Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP is proud to support the great work of Cancer Legal Care and sponsor its 2018 Legal Care Affair. This fundraiser is the largest fundraising event for CLC with proceeds going directly to the legal programs and services CLC provides to Minnesotans affected by cancer.

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.

Minnesota Medical Marijuana Law Tested in BTJW Case Against Costco

May 3, 2018 – The Minnesota Cannabis Registry Program allows Chris Sonterre to lawfully treat his PTSD with medical marijuana. Yet, Costco denied him employment after he tested positive for cannabis during a pre-employment drug test. Sonterre has now sued Costco alleging the company discriminated against him and others for their participation in the registry and because of their disabilities. 

Target Settles Background Check Lawsuit

April 9, 2018 – Last Thursday, Target Corporation agree to settle a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of African American and Latino job applicants who sought employment with the company since 2006. The suit alleged that Target’s use of criminal background checks during the application process disproportionately impacted these job applicants nationwide.

Denied Long-Term Disability Benefits?

February 28, 2018 - If your employer provides private disability benefits, and you’ve suffered injuries or conditions outside the workplace that keep you from working, short and long-term disability benefits can be an important financial lifeline. However, insurance companies control these benefits and can make it challenging or impossible to get or keep them.

Hostile Workplace: When Does Harassment Become Unlawful?

January 25, 2018 – Nearly one-fifth of workers say they face a threatening or hostile workplace, according to a recent study by the Harvard Medical School, the University of California and the Rand Corporation. While state and federal employment laws protect employees from several forms of workplace harassment, not all comments or behaviors that are unwelcomed meet the legal definition of a hostile work environment.

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