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June 2016 Archives

Former head brewmaster files lawsuit, alleges age discrimination

Craft brewing has certainly seen a resurgence in Minnesota and across the nation, with some companies seeing significant growth and success in their chosen niche. However, just like any other company, workers at these companies could still experience workplace discrimination that in some cases could lead to their dismissal.

Guide issued on transgender employment discrimination

When it comes to hiring an individual, it seems like such decisions should be made based on the individual's qualifications. However, discrimination in the hiring process and after an individual is hired still occurs in Minnesota and across the nation. While many steps have been taken to address discrimination in the workplace due to a person's sexual orientation, a recent survey revealed that many transgendered individuals still suffer from employment discrimination.

Minneapolis City Council passes paid sick leave ordinance

People in Minneapolis get sick all the time, and usually, the illness occurs due to circumstances beyond their control. Whether it is cold and flu season, food poisoning or any number of other maladies, there will be times when an employee is too ill to go to work. You may think that paid sick leave is a benefit all employees enjoy, but this is not always the case. Proof in point, an ordinance recently passed by the Minneapolis City Council afforded sick leave to many Minneapolis workers, apparently for the first time

Taking action against sexual harassment in the workplace

Minnesota workplaces are becoming more diverse these days than ever before. Long gone are the days where only men could be supervisors and only women could be administrative assistants. In addition, these days people of different sexual orientations work together side by side. However, this diversity doesn't mean that workers aren't subject to sexual harassment. In fact, it is just the opposite. Sexual harassment is still a serious issue in Minnesota workplaces.

Family caretaker workplace discrimination lawsuits on the rise

It may seem like more and more employment discrimination lawsuits are making the news these days. For example, some Minnesota residents may remember a lawsuit from late 2014 in which a jury in another state awarded punitive damages to the tune of over $185 million to a female employee who was mistreated while on the job because she was female, received a demotion after becoming pregnant and was ultimately let go from her job.

Employee rights: New rule expands overtime pay requirements

A significant move has been made by the Obama administration in connection with paid overtime rules, which could impact as many as 4.2 million Americans, including many in Minnesota. The rules have been changed to expand paid overtime rights to more employees, specifically salaried workers. Hourly workers are already entitled to paid overtime, and this will not change.

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