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August 2016 Archives

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.

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.

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.

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.

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