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September 2018 Archives

Understanding disparate treatment and impact in the workplace

Discrimination in the workplace can take many forms, and some of them are not always easy to identify or recognize. For instance, many parties within an office may believe that they are not discriminating if they treat everyone the exact same way, because they are treating each person "equally." However, treating every person the exact same way can lead to its own form of discrimination, in which one party suffers because of equal treatment. This is known as disparate impact.

Employees may not be discriminated against due to their religions

One of the many freedoms that individuals in the United States enjoy is the freedom to practice or not practice a religion of their own choosing. A person may be raised in one faith as a child and later in life may choose to abandon it for another. The government cannot interfere with that right, and, as such, Minnesota residents are free to practice any religion they wish.

ERISA violators can be penalized

When signing an employee contract, Minnesota residents expect to see some provisions about their pensions, retirement plans and health insurance plans. Upon seeing them, many sign on the dotted line without actually knowing what those plans are, what laws they are being provided under and what happens if an employer fails to pay these benefits.

Family leave policies could reflect sex discrimination

One or the rights employees who have just become parents have is maternity leave, under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Parents of newborns get 12 weeks of unpaid family leave and many states have begun supplementing that with paid family leave that uses a state payroll tax pool. Additionally, companies have begun implementing family-leave policies that cross state borders and benefit families across the board.

Age discrimination is a problem for the American workforce

In the years following World War II, American families grew at a massive rate due to what social scientists now refer to as the "baby boom." Baby Boomers are part of an active but aging population that has seen its financial health take hits in the stock market and as safety net programs from the government reduce in scope and size. As a result, more Minnesota Baby Boomers may be working into their sixties and even seventies as they seek to secure the money they need to retire.

What is the FLSA and what does it cover?

Getting a job is the shining light at the end of the long struggle of dropping off resumes and going for interview after interview. Being financially independent and setting a purpose for oneself does wonders for self-esteem. However, before Minnesota residents begin working, they should be aware of some basic employment law terms and how they will affect them in their jobs.

Defending the Civil Rights of Vulnerable People

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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