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

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.

NLRB Roles Back Contract Worker Protections

December 15, 2017 – Yesterday, the National Labor Retaliations Board overturned its 2015 decision in Browning-Ferris Industries, 362 NLRB No. 186 (2015), concerning joint-employer liability. In a 3-2 decision, the NLRB overruled a standard that had made it easier for workers to hold companies liable for questionable independent contractor, subcontractor and temporary employment agency working arrangements.

Witness Workplace Sexual Harassment?

November 16, 2017 – Victims of workplace sexual harassment often find it very difficult to report it. In fact, only one in four employees makes a report. Witnesses not only provide crucial support to victims, but they are instrumental in rooting out perpetrators and helping make the work environment safer for all employees. Many are surprised to learn the law protects witnesses, too.