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Transgender discrimination is illegal in Minnesota

If you or someone you love is transgender, you might be feeling a little scared or uncertain right now. Between all the fervor around North Carolina's discriminatory bathroom law and the talk about passing similar legislation here, there are a lot of untrue and unpleasant things being said about what it means to be trans.

Know this: Minnesota law protects transgender people. Trans people are covered by Minnesota's Human Rights Act, which makes discrimination illegal.

If someone discriminates against you, you have the right to stand up and take action. There are people out there who will help you do it.

Proposed Minneapolis ordinance addresses sick time

It is miserable to be sick, but it is even more miserable to be sick at work. When this happens, having sick time can be incredibly beneficial to workers in Minnesota. When you are sick, not only do you need time to stay at home and rest while your body heals, but by staying home you are keeping germs outside the workplace, preventing your colleagues from getting sick as well. In fact, the Minneapolis City Council has introduced an ordinance that would give workers in the city paid sick time.


When does harassment constitute disability discrimination?

Many individuals with disabilities do not let their medical condition impair their lives. They are still perfectly capable of working and supporting themselves independently. The Americans with Disabilities Act protects disabled employees or applicants from workplace discrimination. It even protects those who are discriminated against not because they have a disability, but because someone such as a spouse or child does. Unfortunately, just because something is illegal does not mean it won't happen, and some disabled individuals in Minneapolis may find they are the victims of disability discrimination.


What grounds may give rise to a wrongful termination case?

From time to time, things may happen in Minnesota residents' lives that just do not feel right. This is often how a legal case gets started, as someone feels they have been wronged by another person, even if they cannot fully explain the legal basis for the suit.

In the employment context, it is common for employees to be terminated from a company without understanding why the decision was made. Employees may have some recourse by requesting a truthful reason from the employer as to why the employee was terminated. Minnesota law recognizes the employee's ability to make such a request, and imposes requirements on the employer to provide a reason to the employee.

Take action against workplace disability discrimination

Living with a disability can present daily challenges. However, many of those in Minnesota with disabilities are able to persevere, not allowing their condition from preventing them from living a full and happy life. For many of these individuals, this includes holding down a job. However, it is an unfortunate fact that sometimes an individual with a disability will be discriminated against at work.


Watch out for off-label drug promotion

While it is true we would never be where we are today without modern medicine, it is also true that pharmaceutical companies are out to make money. Sometimes they do this by putting patient safety at risk.

As a medical professional, you're in the best position to notice when pharmaceutical companies are promoting their drugs for off-label use. If you see this happening, don't be afraid to speak up.

Second age discrimination lawsuit filed against Minn. employer

Over the years, Minnesota residents often become better and more accomplished in their careers. Individuals gain experience and learn how to become more effective and efficient in their daily work.

While these increased skills undoubtedly make the employee more valuable to the employer, the employer will not necessarily reciprocate by rewarding the employee. Instead, employees may find themselves the target of age discrimination at hands of their employer, such as when the employer tries to terminate their employment in an effort to save costs by hiring a younger worker.

Minnesota employee sues based on sexual harassment, retaliation


All employees in Minnesota deserve to be treated respectfully and appropriately while at work. Unfortunately, incidents of sexual harassment and whistleblower retaliation do occur, both of which can lead to a hostile work environment and possibly forcing the victim to leave his or her job.

Employee rights to take off of work for the birth of a child

The first year of a child's life is a very formative time. Many milestones, from the first smile, to the first word, to the child's first step, are all moments that most parents do not want to miss. In addition, the child's health and growth during the first year of his or her life can set the stage for the child's future development. With all this in mind, working parents in Minnesota may wonder whether they can take time off of work to care for their newborn child.


Employment protections for Minnesota Muslims

Minnesota's workforce is becoming increasingly diverse, and that's a great thing. However, some employers haven't quite caught up to the changing times.

Minnesota law forbids religious discrimination, and requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for their employees' religious practices. If you are a Muslim, you may wonder how this law applies to you.

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