Minnesota residents may have been following the developing news about a local Chipotle firing one of its managers after a video emerged where she suggested that five black customers were not going to pay for their meal. The viral video showed the manager telling one of the customers that they have to pay, because they rarely have money when they come into the store and that food would not be made until the customers had money. The customers complained about stereotypes in the video and one of them took the complaint to social media, resulting in a flood of complaints against the food chain and their decision to terminate the manager in question.
Making ends meet is difficult enough while a Minnesota resident is gainfully employed. A layoff or entrenchment just amplifies the matter. However, an unemployed worker may not be aware that they could be eligible for unemployment benefits if they meet certain criteria.
Age discrimination is a prohibited employment action under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Employers in a variety of industries are not allowed to make adverse employment and hiring decisions about individuals based upon their ages. In Minnesota and other jurisdictions, cities and other local governments often fall under these rules, though prior to a recent United States Supreme Court decision the number of employees a municipality or group employed may have exempt it from the ADEA.
It is a Minnesota employer's responsibility to ensure the workplace is safe from hazards and, when employers neglect to live up to this responsibility, employees get injured through little or no fault of their own. However, many injured employees may not be aware that they might be entitled to workers' compensation benefits if their injury is suffered during the course of employment while they were performing work-related tasks.
There is a misconception that younger workers are more likely to adapt to newer technology, work harder and be less susceptible to injuries. When employers give in to such beliefs, they discredit the valuable experience and knowledge an older worker can bring to the job. In addition to this, they may be guilty of age discrimination, an action prohibited by federal law.
Dedicating 40 hours per week to one's job can be a significant investment of time and can keep a Minnesota resident away from their family more than they want. However, as most people know, situations arise where workers have to put in more time than what is generally expected of them during a normal week. When a non-exempt worker works more than 40 hours in a given week, they are entitled to overtime pay.