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September 2019 Archives

Age discrimination has harmful effects on the state's economy

To follow up on a recent post, some experts say that the persistent problem of age discrimination in the workplace could adversely affect Minnesota's economy. At present, this state has about 140,000 unfilled positions, yet only about 70,000 people are actively looking for work. Should this trend continue, by 2024 Minnesota will have a shortfall of about 400,000 jobs, with 2.7 million people available to fill 3.1 million positions.

Your rights if you report an employer for medical insurance fraud

Working in medicine can be a lucrative career. Unfortunately, some people aren't happy with the income their practice generates, which motivates them to take questionable or even illegal actions to increase their overall income. Insurance billing fraud, whether it involves private insurance companies or government programs like Medicaid and Medicare, is one way that medical offices can increase their income, even if it is illegal.

Study shows age discrimination prevalent across the spectrum

People above a certain age in Minnesota and across the nation will be aware of the possibility that their age could be a hindrance in their employment. Although age discrimination is illegal, it still happens frequently. While justifications could be provided by employers and others in a position of power in a workplace, if there is suspicion or proof that a person's age had a negative effect on their employment or attempts to get a job, it could be the basis to file a lawsuit to seek their employee rights.

What does it mean that Minnesota is an at-will state?

Like most other states, Minnesota is what the law calls an "at-will" state. In general, this means that an employer, at least a non-unionized workplace, can fire an employee at any time and for just about any reason. Likewise, an employee is allowed to quit work at any time and for any reason.

#MeToo movement may have unintended negative consequences

The #MeToo movement, which has involved a backlash against sexual harassment at the workplace, has generally been a good thing, especially for women. In a wide range of work environments, the #MeToo movement has made it more likely that both men and women will report sexual harassment promptly and will try to avoid even the appearance of inappropriate behavior.

Employees are protected after taking FMLA leave

The federal Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, has been a mainstay in employment law for about a generation now. Basically, the FMLA allows many, if not most, employees to take a leave of absence from work for their own documented medical reason, including pregnancy and childbirth, or to take care of certain sick relatives.

Are there time constraints to claim employment discrimination?

Despite greater attention being paid to worker rights in Minnesota and across the U.S., workplace discrimination and employment discrimination is an ongoing problem. Frequently, victims are not certain as to what their rights are and how to go about filing a claim due to this type of discrimination. This can result in missing the time limits. For anyone who even suspects their employee rights were violated, knowing the time limits to file a charge is critical.

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