Firm News

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.

National Origin Case at Court of Appeals

The Baillon Thome firm recently argued before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in the matter of Katia Guimaraes v. SuperValu, Inc.  (No. 11-1046).  Dan Leland represented the plaintiff, Katia Guimaraes, with regard to her allegations that her employment was terminated due to discrimination and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Minnesota Human Rights Act.  Guimaraes appealed the district court’s grant of summary judgment.

Super Lawyers and Rising Stars (2011)

Consistently rated as a Super Lawyer for years, Joni Thome has once again been recognized in 2011 as a Super Lawyer.  Thome is also regularly voted as one of Minnesota’s “Top Women Lawyers”.  She has been nationally recognized for her civil rights advocacy work and remains as passionate about representing employees in discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation cases as she was when she began her practice.