Firm News

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. 

Baillon Speaks on Marital Status Discrimination for Minnesota State Bar Association

Frances Baillon, in conjunction with V. John Ella of Jackson Lewis LLP, speak on March 21, 2012, at a CLE for the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section.  Baillon and Ella present “Marital Status Discrimination - March Madness?”  They will discuss marital status discrimination claims under the Minnesota Human Rights Act in light of a recent ruling by the Minnesota Supreme Court.  

Baillon, Jozwiak Prevail in Disability Case

Frances Baillon and Chris Jozwiak recently prevailed against a motion to dismiss filed by defense counsel in federal district court. The underlying case, Joan Gilbert v. Metropolitan Property and Casualty Insurance Company (MetLife), is a disability discrimination case concerning a plaintiff who, after being diagnosed with cancer, was the only supervisor not retained following MetLife’s closure of its Bloomington, Minnesota office.   

Thome Interviewed on KARE 11 Regarding Hostile Work Environment

Joni Thome appeared on NBC affilliate KARE 11 on December 7, 2011. Joni Thome was interviewed regarding the Minneapolis Fire Department’s recent promotion of former Fire Chief Bonnie Bleskachek, who was the subject of several lawsuits alleging that she created a hostile work environment for her subordinates who refused her sexual advances.

Appearance Discrimination: A New Frontier of Employment Litigation?

Chris Jozwiak, along with Penelope Phillips, of Felhaber Larson Fenlon & Vogt, recently spoke on appearance discrimination claims.  The two discussed workplace dress codes, body weight scrutiny and other ways that appearance discrimination claims are surfacing.  The program is part of a training series put on by Minnesota State Bar Association's Employment and Labor Section members and is geared toward EEOC and MDHR investigators.