Baillon, Jozwiak, Thome and Nelson Schaffer Present at 2018 ELI

May 23, 2018 – This week, four of our attorneys presented at the 2018 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute (ELI) held at the RiverCentre in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. ELI is the preeminent conference for employment lawyers and human resource professionals from across the upper Midwest to gather and discuss the latest developments in employment law. The Institute, which is one of the largest and best-attended conferences of its type in the country, provides practitioners with up-to-date education and resources throughout the employment law field. Frances Baillon, Chris Jozwiak, Joni Thome and Kaarin Nelson Schaffer joined other leaders in employment law to discuss some of the most important legal issues confronting practitioners and their clients.

Disability claims filed with the EEOC have steadily increased over the last 10 years, with nearly one-third of all charges involving some form of disability discrimination. Chris Jozwiak teamed with attorney Kate Mrkonich-Wilson to discuss recent developments concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act. Chris and Kate examined important cases practitioners should know and understand, as well as practical applications for both plaintiff and defense counsel when advising clients and litigating claims of disability discrimination and failure to accommodate.

Kaarin Nelson Schaffer joined an esteemed panel that included Sheila Engelmeier, Anna Prakash and Brian Rochel to examine strategies for recovering damages for employees. The panel discussed a range of topics designed to lay the foundation for presenting and winning damage awards, including proving emotional distress/mental anguish damages at trial, the pros and cons of using experts to prove damages, and how to present the issue of damages to a judge or jury.

Frances Baillon joined attorney Andrew Tanick to review the top Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals cases for 2017 and 2018 that will have an impact on employment law. These included decisions on cases involving sexual harassment, race, disability, age discrimination and whistleblower retaliation, among other claims. Frances is the Eighth Circuit update contributor for the Federal Bar Association’s Minnesota Chapter and has successfully argued cases in front of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Finally, Joni Thome joined other top employment law litigators, including Kathleen Bogas, James Kaster, Lucas Kaster and David Schlesinger, to present at two separate sessions at this year’s Institute. At the first session, “Winning the Reprisal Case,” Joni and other litigation experts discussed how to identify and analyze adverse actions in the Me Too era, including ways to assist current employees with retaliation issues and strategies for winning at trial. In the second session, “Winning the Harassment Case,” panelists discussed intake and case analysis of harassment claims, including what “severe or pervasive” means in the era of Me Too and strategies for litigating and winning harassment cases.

If you believe you have suffered unlawful workplace discrimination, harassment, retaliation, the attorneys at Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP are ready to discuss your potential case. Contact us by clicking here or calling us at 612-252-3570.