Thome Presents at Workers' Compensation Institute

May 2, 2017 – Firm partner Joni Thome took part in a panel discussion at the Minnesota CLE’s Workers’ Compensation Institute to discuss the employment law claims workers’ compensation practitioners should look for in their practice. Joni, a Minnesota State Bar Association Certified Employment Law Specialist, joined workers’ compensation attorney and expert Tom Atkinson to share their experiences in jointly representing clients who have both workers’ compensation and employment-related claims.

Employees who have been injured on the job often hire workers’ compensation attorneys to help them navigate the workers’ compensation system, file a claim and recover damages for their injuries. These employees may also have employment law claims arising from their work situation that are separate from the workers’ compensation system. Employees should contact an employment attorney to understand their rights.

At the Workers’ Compensation Institute, Joni and Tom discussed the signs and symptoms of workers’ compensation retaliation and obstruction claims, as well as Family and Medical Leave Act claims, age discrimination, disability discrimination and reasonable accommodation that may accompany the employer’s treatment of the injured worker. Their presentation included strategic considerations for practitioners, pitfalls to avoid and proactive steps to take together and separately to build the best case and settlement for their mutual clients.

Joni Thome is founding partner of Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP and frequently presents on topics concerning employment, workers’ compensation retaliation, disability discrimination, and other forms of workplace discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Joni has been named a Super Lawyer by her peers regularly since 2003 and recognized as one of Minnesota’s Top 50 Women Lawyers every year since 2012 and as one of Minnesota’s Top 100 Super Lawyers since 2014.

Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP is committed to protecting the rights of employees who have suffered job-related discrimination, harassment and retaliation. For questions about the firm, workers' compensation retaliation or employee rights, contact Joni or any of our attorneys by clicking here or calling us at 612-252-3570.