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March 2019 Archives

Get answers to your wrongful termination questions

It is not unusual for Minnesota residents to change jobs throughout their careers. In fact, some individuals may plan to go back to school later in life just so that they can enter a new field or pursue different employment paths. Though some individuals start their work lives with particular employers and stick with them until they retire, it is relatively normal for Americans to move from job to job as their needs and expectations change.

The elements of a constructive dismissal claim

Wrongful terminations can be based on a number of factors, including but not limited to discrimination, retaliation, violations of employment contracts and others. All across Minnesota workers may be released from their jobs and may wonder if the grounds on which their terminations were based were valid or in violation of state and federal laws. When such situations arise, individuals in such difficult positions can seek the counsel of employment attorneys.

Is retaliation in the workplace always illegal?

Much has been said on this blog about standing up for what is right and raising a voice against any type of discrimination or harassment in the workplace. However, one common reason employees remain silent is because they are afraid of retaliation in the office. Given how common it is, they have cause to be anxious about it. Retaliation is the most common discrimination finding in cases in the federal sector. Retaliation can be devastating for the person being subjected to it, which is why it is important to know what employee rights one has.

What laws protect whistleblowers?

As discussed previously on this post, employers have an obligation to ensure state and federal laws are being enforced in their workplace. Minneapolis employees rely on this premise when they come to work every day-the fact that their employers are adhering to all the relevant laws and creating a safe and discrimination free work environment. When this does not happen, perhaps the only way the relevant authorities will become aware of the situation is if someone will draw attention to it. Employees who report violations of the law in their workplace are known as whistleblowers and laws are in place to ensure they are protected once they take these actions.

Woman subjected to employment harassment due to period

The human body is a marvel. With so many systems and functions that must work together to keep a person alive it is a miracle that so many people get through each day without illness, injury, or other physical harm. Each day Minnesota residents of all abilities go to work and do their best to accomplish their jobs despite the issues or problems that they may have going on within them; under the law, employers may not discriminate against employees for a variety of reasons, some of which are gender, sex, and disability.

Are sexual harassment laws in the workplace set to change?

When an employee has to choose between paying rent and being able to purchase food, and being sexually harassed and stalked in the workplace, there is a definite problem that employers need to address. Sexual harassment, hostile work environments and retaliatory behavior has been highlighted many times across the country in the wake of the #MeToo movement and Minnesota is also taking steps to address pervasive unacceptable behavior in the workplace.

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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