Firm News

Wanta Quoted in MN Lawyer on Employer Drug Testing

Employment law attorney Shawn Wanta was quoted in the August 4, 2013 edition of Minnesota Lawyer Newspaper regarding a recent Minnesota Supreme Court decision on Minnesota’s Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace Act (DATWA). The Court held that an employee has six years after a violation to bring a claim under DATWA. The Court’s ruing in Sipe is consistent with prior application of Minnesota’s DATWA statute, which construes the statute liberally in favor of employees.

All Baillon Thome Attorneys Named Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Super Lawyers has recognized all of the attorneys at Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP as Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for 2013.  Each year, Super Lawyers identifies outstanding lawyers who have earned an exceptional level of professional achievement and peer recognition in various areas of the law.  In a rare showing, every attorney at Baillon Thome has been awarded this honor for 2013.

Baillon Presents Sexual Harassment Update to Agency Investigators

On February 6, Frances Baillon, along with Sheila Engelmeier, of Engelmeier & Umanah, addressed agency investigators on sexual harassment updates. The two attorneys spoke on a range of topics, from defining what constitutes sexual harassment to who qualifies as a supervisor and establishing what makes sexual harassment “severe or pervasive.” They also covered the Minnesota Supreme Court’s recent case law concerning sexual harassment.

BTJW Defeats Summary Judgment Motion in Employment Retaliation Case

In an employment retaliation case, Baillon Thome recently prevailed against a Motion for Summary Judgment filed by defense counsel in federal district court. The Court’s opinion is also significant because it held that a plaintiff can pursue a retaliation claim under the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Act using the “direct evidence” method.

Leland and Baillon Contribute to Bar Association's Employment Law Update

Each year, the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association publish an electronic newsletter containing updates and developments in case law or legislation. For the past few years, Daniel Leland has been a contributing author to the employment law newsletter, writing the federal wage and hour section along with Jessica Marsh of Felhaber Larson Fenlon & Vogt.

Joni Thome Wins Dedicated Advocacy Award

BTJW congratulates founding partner Joni Thome on being the recipient of the Karla Wahl Dedicated Advocacy Award. Each year, the Executive Committee of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Employment Lawyer Association (NELA) honors one Minnesota attorney for her or his “ceaseless and courageous efforts to better the rights of Minnesota employees, honoring the spirit and memory of Karla Wahl.”

Baillon Thome Joins Mondale, Blatz to Oppose Marriage Amendment

We are proud to stand alongside former Vice President of the United States Walter Mondale and retired Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Kathleen A. Blatz in opposing a proposed amendment to the Minnesota constitution that would permanently ban marriage for same-sex couples in Minnesota.