Employment Law

Age Discrimination in the Tech Industry

Scroll through postings for tech jobs and you will see desired traits such as “recent college graduate” or “new graduates.” While at first glance, these employers are simply targeting entry level employees, the unfortunate reality is a discriminatory practice common in the tech industry. After recent determinations by the EEOC that such postings are unlawful, the industry-wide problem of age discrimination is no longer being ignored.

EEOC Updates Guidelines on Pregnancy Discrimination

Every pregnancy discrimination case is unique and should be reviewed by an experienced employment lawyer. If you believe you have suffered from pregnancy discrimination, our attorneys want to hear from you.

Medical Marijuana and Employee Drug Testing

What are employee rights to medical marijuana use and what does the new law mean for compliance under the Minnesota Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace Act (DATWA)?

Is Flirting Sexual Harassment?

Victims of sexual harassment usually don’t need to be told when the line was crossed. Flirting is not unusual in the workplace but can become harassing behavior when it develops into behavior that is unwelcome, has a negative impact on an employee’s performance or creates a hostile work environment.  When workplace banter shifts to sexual harassment, victims may feel bullied, abused and pressured by fellow employees or a supervisor.

Wanta Quoted in Minnesota Lawyer

Employment law attorney Shawn Wanta was quoted in a June 19, 2014 Minnesota Lawyer article, “Wage and hour battles on the rise.” The article discusses the rise in the number wage and hour claims being brought forward under state laws and the Fair Labor Standards Act over the past decade. These claims deal with the alleged theft of employee wages through forcing employees to work off the clock, shaving time off of time cards, not paying overtime, and denying mandated breaks.

MHRA Amended with Right to Jury Trial

Governor Dayton signed an amendment to the Minnesota Human Rights Act, ensuring that victims of discrimination or retaliation are entitled to a jury by their peers. The bill provides that victims of discrimination in employment, housing, education or other areas, will have the right to a jury trial in cases brought in state court.

Federal Judge Approves Seasonal Harvester Class Action

Immigrants and temporary workers are often silent about certain employment abuses, lost wages, and other violations in fear of facing retaliation or losing their position. Temporary agencies and employers suspected of hiring immigrants and foreign nationals are continually under scrutiny because of the employment and human rights abuses, especially in certain industries, including farming.

Women’s Economic Security Act Now Minnesota Law

In another Minnesota legislative victory, Governor Dayton signed the Women’s Economic Security Act into law. WESA offers a broad stroke of legislative improvements towards economic progress for women, including a number of changes to Minnesota employment laws. It addresses the needs of women in the workplace, aims to prevent discrimination, bolsters economic opportunities, and supports female business owners.

Minnesota Worker Rights: “Independent Contractor” or Employee?

Every year, employees bring thousands of cases alleging misclassification under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Under the FLSA, contractors and employees are given different legal status. Employers who misclassify workers as “Independent Contractors” rather than employees can evade certain responsibilities, including benefits, workers compensation, and other compliance issues. Workers as well as business owners must be aware of the legal differences so that employees are properly classified and compensated.

Minnesota's New Minimum Wage Signed Into Law

Minimum wage workers statewide can expect an hourly raise since Governor Mark Dayton signed the new minimum wage law this week. This takes Minnesota from one of the lowest minimum wage rates to one of the highest—guaranteeing workers $9.50 per hour by 2016. The new law could increase the wages of 325,000 workers throughout Minnesota.

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