Employment Law

Sexual Orientation Discrimination Illegal Under Title VII

In a groundbreaking turnaround, the EEOC has ruled that sexual orientation discrimination is illegal under Title VII, effectively declaring discrimination against the LGBT community unlawful in all 50 states. The EEOC had previously found that Title VII protected transgendered employees on the basis of gender identity, but this new ruling gives further protection, prohibiting any discrimination on the basis of sex, including sex stereotyping.

Relationships in the Workplace?

While many employee handbooks prohibit or frown upon interoffice romances, do companies really have the right to intervene on private relationships? Some companies believe that office romances, even secret affairs, can pose a risk to the company. But, what are the rights of employees when it comes to office romance? What happens if an employee gets fired for dating a co-worker? What happens if a relationship or break-up leads to a hostile work environment?

Signs of Age Discrimination in the Workplace

Age discrimination runs rampant in today’s workforce, but it may not be clear whether you have a valid legal claim and a right to compensation. If you believe you are experiencing age discrimination in your employment, how can you prove it? Remember that age discrimination can take many different forms. The following 5 signs of age discrimination in the workplace are examples of evidence our employment lawyers often see in their cases.

Appeals Court Reinstates Retaliation Lawsuit of Sexual Harassment Victim Advocate

Many employees are concerned about reporting sexual harassment claims or sexually harassing acts because of the risk of retaliation. Facing the aggressor, getting demoted, or even termination are real fears for anyone who has suffered sexual harassment in the workplace. Fortunately, Minnesota and federal laws protect victims of sexual harassment against retaliation and their advocates.

“Day Rate” Employees and Overtime Violations

Wage and hour violations can cost workers thousands of dollars in rightful overtime pay every year. There are many ways employers seek to skirt state and federal wage laws to deprive their employees of overtime. Some cases involve misclassification, which can arise in specific industries, including the oil, gas, refinery, and maintenance industries. Other employers are in violation for improper calculation of overtime, paying employees with prepaid cards, or flat refusal to pay overtime.

DOL Proposal to Overhaul Overtime

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed significant changes to federal overtime regulations that will increase the rights of workers. Under the proposed rules, the salary basis needed to qualify for white collar exemptions has more than doubled. This means that more employees will be entitled to overtime pay, including administrative, executive, and other “white collar” professionals.

Top 3 Wage and Hour Violations: Is Your Employer Liable?

Minnesota and federal wage and hour laws regulate overtime, minimum wage, pay deductions, and classification of employees. Regardless of the size of the company or the industry, all employers must comply with wage and hour laws. Violations could result in significant payouts to employees and classes of employees.

2014 EEOC Summary and Increased Rates of Retaliation

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently published its data and summary of legal action taken during the 2014 legal year, including details regarding the nearly 88,000 charges of workplace discrimination. According to the reports, the percentage of charges alleging retaliation has reached their highest amount in history at 42.8 percent.

Flowers Class Action Featured in Maine Business Journal, Lewiston Sun Journal

Following a March 24th ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina to certify a class of employees of Flowers Foods, Inc., allowing for the lawsuit to proceed as a class action litigation, the company announced their intent to appeal the decision in an article with Mainebiz, Maine’s business news source.