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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When one is searching for a job, they polish their resume and fill out job applications. Hopefully all of these efforts lead to the next step: a job interview. While it is normal to be nervous and excited about an interview, one also hopes they will be treated fairly in comparison to other candidates for the job, and Minnesota law serves to support this expectation.
For many Minneapolis residents having a job is a necessary evil. One must work in order to earn one's paycheck, and a paycheck is often a necessity when it comes to paying one's rent, buying food and making sure one's utility bills are covered. Unless a person is independently wealthy, he may depend on his job in order to financially support himself and his family.
Jobs, though, are not always forever, and in some cases an employer may have a legitimate reason for having to let a worker go. Not every termination is unlawful, but there are an unfortunate number of cases that involve people getting fired from their jobs for prohibited reasons. For many who lose their jobs due to their employers' unlawful acts, discrimination is the basis of their wrongful terminations.