Aug 25, 2020
The Family and Medical Leave Act allows families to take time off work, without risking their job or health insurance, to care for themselves or a family member. Since the passage of the FMLA, over 200 million Americans have utilized this important benefit. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, families and workers pushed lawmakers to expand the FMLA, providing more time off for more reasons than the FMLA previously allowed for.
Jun 19, 2020
This week, the United States Supreme Court ruled conclusively that it is unlawful under federal law for an employer to fire an employee because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. While LGBTQ employees have long been protected under Minnesota law, this is the first time the nation’s top Court ruled on the matter to protect all LGBTQ workers nationwide. In a 6-3 decision, the Court held that under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) it is “unlawful . . .
Jun 10, 2020
Current and former Flowers Baking Company of Oxford, Inc. (“Oxford”) distributors have sued Flowers Foods, Inc. and Oxford (collectively “Defendants”) alleging that Defendants misclassified them as independent contractors and violated federal as well as Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania wage-and-hour law. The Defendants deny those allegations, but have agreed to settle the lawsuit.
May 14, 2020
On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed a series of executive orders designed to ease coronavirus stay-at-home restrictions, open more Minnesota non-critical businesses, and protect workers from unsafe working conditions and from retaliation for reporting such conditions. If you are being forced to work in an unhealthy or unsafe work environment, or you are facing discrimination or retaliation for reporting unsafe working conditions, contact our Minnesota employment attorneys to understand your rights.
May 07, 2020
Despite the gravity of the coronavirus outbreak and the need for businesses to quickly adjust, employees maintain their rights and protections against wrongful termination. Unfortunately, members of protected classes, including Asian-Americans, individuals with disabilities, and others have been unfairly targeted as a result of the coronavirus and need legal protections and support.
Apr 21, 2020
Workers’ compensation is available for any employee who suffers an injury on the job, but what if an employee contracts an illness or disease? During the coronavirus epidemic, we have seen millions of Americans put at risk in the face of a potentially deadly virus in industries ranging from the frontlines of healthcare and long-term care facilities to day care providers to grocery store workers. If you have contracted COVID-19 while on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation and protected from retaliation if you assert your rights.
Apr 09, 2020
While the COVID-19 pandemic felt like a sudden takeover, putting millions of U.S. workers at risk, employers still have a duty to ensure workplace safety for their employees. Those in essential roles, especially on the front lines in healthcare and emergency services, continue to face risks and workplace hazards. If you are an employee who has faced dangerous working conditions, it is important to know your rights and to protect yourself in the wake of the coronavirus.
Apr 01, 2020
The way we work, socialize, and entertain ourselves has drastically changed since the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite these changes, it is important to remember that the anti-discrimination laws have not. There are numerous state and federal legal protections that protect vulnerable classes from discrimination, and these protections are still in place even given this historic period of the coronavirus. Discrimination in the current climate could arise in relation to worker protections, paid time off, job protections, reasonable accommodations, or harassment.