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January 2019 Archives

Nursing mothers denied legal protections, discriminated against

Returning to work after having a baby is an emotionally difficult time for mothers -- leaving one's child behind is tough enough. But, then having to work out the logistics of nursing and pumping just adds to the complications. And, breastfeeding women have some protections at work through federal laws that require time throughout the day to pump and a space to do so, which does not include a bathroom. Even these simple accommodations make it easier for breastfeeding women to return to work.

Minnesota K9 officer alleges on-the-job discrimination

Law enforcement officers are important members of communities throughout Minnesota. They offer assistance, guidance and security to individuals who are in situations of peril, as well as protecting individuals from the threats of others. While some law enforcement officers are in the field with other human partners, others work closely with dogs who perform specific duties.

Misconceptions about sexual harassment hinder progress

There are a number of misconceptions about sexual harassment in the workplace that may confuse Minnesota residents who believe they are being harassed or discriminated against on the basis of their sex. This may prevent someone from calling attention to unwanted behavior that makes them uncomfortable in their office space. Therefore, understanding what sexual harassment is and what the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission looks at while investigating allegations can be helpful to all employees in their individual workplaces.

Baby boomers working past retirement age may face discrimination

Around 10,000 baby boomers reach retirement age daily across the country, so it makes sense that they account for a growing percentage of the workforce. Minnesotans aged 65 and older in the workforce increased about 63 percent from 2003, holding 4.4 percent of jobs that are covered by unemployment insurance in 2017. In the same period, the number of average hours they worked per week also went up, as did their average hourly wage.

Can I get terminated for using medical cannabis?

With the use of medical marijuana legal in Minnesota, many individuals may find themselves hesitating from taking the substance for treatment of their medical conditions for fear of getting terminated from their job by testing positive on a drug test. However, it is important for Minnesota residents to know that they are protected from employment discrimination on the basis of using medical cannabis.

Employees should expect certain rights when at work

Individuals who live in Minnesota enjoy certain rights that extend from protections put into place by the state and federal governments. These rights include, but are not limited to, the right to be free from unreasonable searches, the right to practice the religions of their choice and the right to express themselves and their ideas through their speech. When workers in Minneapolis arrive at their jobs, these rights persist and they may also have other rights by virtue of their employment.

When are you entitled to overtime pay?

Many Minnesota residents may find themselves working overtime to earn some extra money. This is especially true during the holiday season, when gift giving and celebrations strain the budget. However, if workers in Minnesota do not get the money they rightfully deserve for their overtime work, they might not be aware of the legal options they have to pursue an overtime claim.

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