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January 2014 Archives

Ban the box law and hiring discrimination in Minnesota

Applying for jobs is a nerve wrecking task. When Minnesotans get an interview, much preparation is conducted. Often times they prepare their resume, documents and supplemental information in order to achieve a proper assessment and a successful outcome. In a perfect scenario, only qualifying information will be used to establish whether the applicant is right for a position, but this is not always the case. Hiring discrimination is when a person is denied a job he or she is qualified to have because of a protected identifying characteristic.

Hostile work environment created by bullying boss

Getting an interview or a new job is both an exciting and nerve-wracking experience. One does not always know how he or she will be assessed and some even fear that they will be judged. Minnesota workers are often concerned that their personal traits and characteristics will be used against them. Although it is typical for employers to require that employees take out piercings and cover tattoos, judgment of the physical appearance of employees could turn into workplace discrimination. If this is the case, those employees could have a cause of action.

Are anti-discrimination laws reducing gender discrimination?

Whether working part-time, full-time, in an office, from home or on the road, residents in Minnesota understand that having a good career is not only essential but is also life-affirming. Obtaining a dream career is challenging, so once it is obtained an employee will work hard and remain determined to maintain or progress in their career. Unfortunately, not all employees feel that their hard work is acknowledged and fear that they are being discriminated against based on a character trait and not being evaluated on their work. This could lead to a hostile work environment, a wrongful termination or even a cause of action.

Vikings punter might sue for employment discrimination

The workplace is where colleagues and supervisors communicate and work together. During verbal exchanges, various statements might be made that result in an uncomfortable situation. If workplace discrimination occurs, a hostile work environment could be the result.

Office romances could lead to a hostile work environment

Romance in the workplace could lead to a happy relationship, but this is not always the case for workers in Minnesota and across the nation. This is especially true when a supervisor makes advances toward a subordinate. In some cases, this could be the fairytale or dream come true love story where the two have feelings for one another and are able to properly date without causing conflict in the work environment. For others, this could be a situation of sexual harassment. A supervisor could take advantage of their role in the workplace and the subordinate might submit to these advances. This could lead to additional and even serious situations.

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When employers discriminate or allow harassment and retaliation to take place or continue, we are dedicated to holding them accountable for their unlawful actions.

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