Employment News

Aug 11, 2017

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.

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Jun 23, 2017

Wage Theft: Millions Lost to Unlawful Employment Practices Each Year

June 23, 2017 – Each year, thousands of Minnesota workers lose millions of dollars to wage theft by employers. Whether an employer requires employees to log into their computer five minutes before their shift and not pay them, misclassifies workers as independent contractors to avoid overtime pay and deny benefits, or pays less than minimum wage, employees of all socio-economic background are at risk of wage theft.

Employment News

Jun 09, 2017

Background Checks: What Are My Employment Rights?

June 9, 2017 - Employment background checks can be an unnerving experience. Yet, employers are increasingly requiring new job applicants and current employees to submit to them, often in the form of criminal background checks and credit history checks. This article provides answers to some frequently asked questions about background checks.

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May 19, 2017

Employee v. Independent Contractor: Misconceptions About Misclassification

May 19, 2017 – Misclassification of employees as independent contractors continues to be a problem in the U.S. workplace. Many independent contractors do not realize they may be employees and that certain factors are immaterial to determining whether they are independent contractors.

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Apr 25, 2017

Employer’s Internal Complaint Process May Toll MHRA Statute of Limitations

April 25, 2017 – Earlier this month, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that an employee’s internal complaint to his employer’s human resources department suspended the one year statute of limitations period for claims filed under the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA). While a victory for employees, the case is a reminder that employment cases have strict time limits for filing claims.

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Jan 17, 2017

Mental Health: What Are an Employee's Rights?

January 17, 2017 – Before starting a new job, many employees wonder whether to disclose a mental health condition, such as depression, anxiety or PTSD, particularly if they are in need of a workplace accommodation. Similarly, existing employees ask about their rights when it comes to mental health discrimination, harassment and privacy. With charges of discrimination based on mental health on the rise, employees and job applicants should know their rights.

Employment News

Dec 12, 2016

Sexual Harassment in the Legal Industry

December 12, 2016 - Lawyers, managing partners, and law firm HR departments are well aware of the potentially expensive costs related to discrimination and sexual harassment. Even knowing the legal implications of such misconduct, sexual harassment is not uncommon in law firms throughout the United States.

Employment News

Dec 02, 2016

Sexual Orientation Discrimination is Sex Discrimination Under Title VII

December 2, 2016 - In a historic ruling, a federal court has denied a motion to dismiss a sex discrimination lawsuit filed by the EEOC, finding that sexual orientation discrimination is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The groundbreaking decision will have a ripple effect nationwide, where lawsuits related to sexual orientation have fallen outside the classification of sexual discrimination under Title VII.