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Two Summary Judgment Wins for BTJW Clients


Sep 10, 2019

September 9, 2019 – Recently, attorneys Dustin Massie, Cassie Navarro and Kaarin Nelson Schaffer scored victories for their clients by defeating summary judgement motions in two cases. In the first, a Washington County judge denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment in Morgenroth v. Minnesota Fine Wine & Spirits et al., No. 82-CV-18-3875 (Dist. Ct. Minn. Aug. 30, 2019) on all claims, including retaliation under the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Act, Minnesota Whistleblower Act, and the Minnesota Human Rights Act. In its order, the court found that Plaintiff Morgenroth presented genuine issues of material fact as to whether her termination was a pretext for unlawful retaliation following her work-related injury, complaints of unlawful discrimination and reports of OSHA violations. Plaintiff is represented by Navarro and Nelson Schaffer. Trial is scheduled for February 2020.

Similarly, last week, a Dakota County Court found that the plaintiff in Johnson v. Dakota County, No. 19HA-CV-19-73 (Dist. Ct. Minn. Sept. 06, 2019) presented material fact issues as to whether adverse actions and constructive discharge were pretextual following her reports that a counselor was engaged in an inappropriate sexual relationship with an inmate. Shortly after the plaintiff told her supervisor that she must report the conduct to the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy she suffered retaliation and was forced to resign. Nelson Schaffer and Massie represent the plaintiff. The matter is set for trial later this month.

Kaarin Nelson Schaffer is a partner at Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP and a driven advocate for employee rights. Nelson Schaffer represents employees facing discrimination, harassment, retaliation and other forms of unlawful workplace conduct by employers and has litigated many cases through trial. She has been named to the lists of Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars and regularly presents at conferences on employment law matters.

Dustin Massie represents employees who have experienced discrimination, retaliation, harassment and other forms of unlawful treatment in the workplace. He was named a 2018 Up-and-Coming Attorney by Minnesota Lawyer and made the list of Minnesota Rising Stars in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Cassie Navarro exclusively represents individuals facing workplace discrimination, retaliation and harassment. She is a summa cum laude graduate of William Mitchell College of Law and has presented and taught on matters relating to employment discrimination and unlawful harassment.

Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP is an employment law firm committed to protecting the rights of employees who have suffered workplace discrimination, harassment and retaliation, as well as other employment related issues. For questions about the firm or your employment rights, contact us for a free initial consultation.


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