Minnesota’s Employment Lawyers

Many employees who contact our office know they have been harassed, wrongfully terminated or have been offered a severance but are unsure what steps to take next. Our distinguished employment lawyers are certified employment law specialists, Super Lawyers and seasoned trial lawyers who are experienced in discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblower retaliation and numerous other employment law claims.

Minnesota and federal laws strive to rid workplaces of employment discrimination and retaliation. Employers are obligated to provide workplaces free from discrimination based on age, disability, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, race and marital status. State and federal laws prohibit an employer from engaging in retaliation because an employee has filed a charge of discrimination or reported a discriminatory practice. Employment retaliation is also prohibited when an employee files a claim for workers' compensation, takes a family or family leave, requests an accommodation because of a disability or reports or refuses to engage in unlawful conduct. In addition, whistleblowers are protected for reporting illegal activity, government fraud, safety violations or other prohibited practices like denying employees overtime pay.

The Minneapolis, Minnesota, employment lawyers at Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP have represented countless employees who have experienced employment discrimination and employment retaliation in the workplace. Our employment attorneys have obtained millions of dollars in settlements and trial verdicts for our clients. If you have been, or are currently, being discriminated or retaliated against in your workplace, call our office to speak directly to one of our employment lawyers to protect your employment law rights.

Employment News

Cancer and Reasonable Accommodations

September 28, 2017 – Disability discrimination remains one of the most filed forms of discrimination with the EEOC. In 2016, nearly one-third of charges filed with the agency involved claims of disability discrimination. Reasonable accommodations remain a focus for enforcement by the EEOC in 2017. In recent weeks, the agency filed two separate lawsuits against employers who failed to provide a limited medical leave as a reasonable accommodation to employees undergoing cancer treatment.

50 Years of ADEA, Yet Age Discrimination Persists

August 22, 2017 – Fifty years have passed since the enactment of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Yet, discrimination against older workers continues in great numbers. As older workers stay in the workplace longer, some are calling for Congress to strengthen and update the ADEA, much as it did with the Americans with Disabilities Act in 2008.

MN Supreme Court Clarifies "Good Faith" in Whistleblower Claims

August 11, 2017 – This week, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued a landmark decision clarifying the Minnesota Whistleblower Act’s definition of a “good faith” report in whistleblower claims. The decision is a resouding victory for employees who have otherwise found it difficult to seek redress for unlawful termination, retaliation, harassment and/or threats for their reports of unlawful conduct by the employer under the Act.