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Are there laws prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination?

Last week, this blog discussed the story of a Minnesota man who won a sexual orientation discrimination lawsuit. His win was significant in part because of the large payout he received. His case gives hope to others who may feel they are being discriminated against at work due to their sexual orientation. However, let's take a step back and explore what sexual orientation discrimination is in the context of employment discrimination.

Sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace involves being harassed or otherwise treated differently at work based on the individual's orientation as gay, lesbian or bi-sexual. It can also occur to heterosexual individuals or even based on someone's perception of another's sexual orientation.

Minnesota man fired due to sexual orientation wins lawsuit

A Minnesota worker who was fired from his job in his family's banking business has been awarded $3.5 million after filing a lawsuit for sexual orientation discrimination. It may be one of the largest payouts to one individual in state history for a sexual orientation discrimination lawsuit.

Minnesota whistleblowers have rights that deserve protection

Most employees in Minnesota are hard workers who believe in integrity, fairness and doing the right thing. Moreover, they may also hold their employers to the same standards, expecting that their employers will not break the law. Unfortunately, employers are not always so upstanding. Some employers break the law.

The basics of disability discrimination in Minnesota

Every person has a right to be treated fairly in the workplace. This rule is no different for workers with disabilities.

Unfortunately, disabled people often face discrimination at work. In some cases, this is because of their employer's ignorance or misunderstanding, while in others it is based in actual prejudice.

Regardless of the cause, disability discrimination is never acceptable. It can be helpful to take some time to learn your rights under the Minnesota Human Rights Act, so that you can assert them if the time comes.

Filing a qui tam action as a whistleblower

Finding out that your employer is engaging in actions that defraud the government can be very troubling. Minnesota employees who find themselves in such a situation can bring a certain whistleblower action known as a "qui tam" action. This kind of a lawsuit allows the government to recover the funds they were defrauded out of.

When does disparate impact constitute discrimination?

Residents of Minnesota may be in a situation where they feel they have been discriminated against albeit not in an obvious way. After all, laws clearly prohibit workplace discrimination, such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. However, sometimes a workplace practice may not be explicitly discriminatory but still has a disproportionally negative effect on many individuals in the workplace who fall under protected classes. This is called disparate impact, and it is against the law, although there are some exceptions.

Sexual harassment can pollute an entire workplace

By now, people in Minnesota may have heard that Roger Ailes, a former Fox News chairman, is being investigated due to allegations of sexual harassment. Also being investigated is whether or not other executives were aware of the reported harassment. However, what they should keep in mind is that sexual harassment doesn't just affect the perpetrator and the victim, it can pollute an entire workplace.

St. Paul company settles whistleblower's False Claim Act suit

It takes a certain amount of courage to blow the whistle on your employer's illegal actions. However, there are laws that provide whistleblower protection, so employees in Minnesota can step up and expose illegal conduct on the part of their employer. In fact, one example of a whistleblower case shows just how effective whistleblowing can be.

When does a medical exam constitute disability discrimination?

Sometimes, whether it is during a job interview, after a job offer or during the course of employment, an employer in Minnesota may request that an employee undergo a medical exam. However, there are a number of circumstances in which requesting a medical exam could constitute disability discrimination.

Minnesota disability discrimination suit can move forward

Many people in Minnesota, despite having a disability, are able to hold down a job to support themselves, with the right help. Unfortunately, many disabled workers still face discrimination in the workplace simply due to the fact that they are disabled.

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