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September 2016 Archives

$50,000 settlement reached in Minnesota pay discrimination case

It may seem like in this day and age, it is recognized that men and women should be paid equally if they do equal work. However, that doesn't stop some employers from unlawfully using job classification as a means for paying a female employee less than a male employee, even if the two have the same job duties.

Workers do not have to put up with disability discrimination

Many workers in Minnesota with disabilities are still able to perform a wide variety of jobs. They should not be discriminated against, be denied work opportunities or denied work altogether, just because they have a disability. Unfortunately, instances of discrimination occur on an all too frequent basis.

What is the minimum wage in Minnesota?

Minnesota residents are hard workers, and because of that, they deserve an appropriate amount of pay. It is for this reason that Minnesota has set a minimum wage that is higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25. The Minnesota minimum wage amount differs based on several conditions.

Your rights at work: 4 facts about Muslim prayer

Taking breaks at work can be challenging, especially when you work in a production line environment. So what do you do if you are Muslim and need to observe the five daily prayers while on the job? Recent news has highlighted instances where Muslim employees faced tensions from their employer when trying to fit prayer into their work day, feared discrimination or even left a job that would not accommodate their prayer times. Here are rights you have under federal law, specifically Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

What are a Minnesota worker's rights regarding drug tests?

Some workplaces in Minnesota require workers to undergo drug or alcohol testing under certain circumstances, so long as the worker received certain legally mandatory information about the employer's drug and alcohol testing policy. That being said, workers have rights with regards to drug and alcohol testing that they should be aware of.

Is pre-employment age discrimination prohibited?

Many older Minnesota workers may find themselves in the position of having to find a new job. Perhaps they were the victim of a layoff due to no fault of their own, or perhaps it was just time for a change in their career. Minnesota residents may already know that under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), workers who are 40 or older are protected from employment discrimination due to their age. However, age discrimination is not limited to just workers currently employed in the workplace. There are other circumstances, such as pre-employment, in which the ADEA applies.

Understanding reasonable accommodations and undue hardship

As discussed on this blog before, according to the Americans with Disabilities Act, employers cannot discriminate against disabled workers in Minneapolis or anywhere else. It also requires employers to provide disabled workers with reasonable accommodations, either in the physical workplace or in the occupation itself, so that the worker can perform his or her job despite his or her disability. Some examples of reasonable accommodations are installing wheelchair ramps, providing a worker with a different desk or modifying the worker's work schedule.

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