While many types of employment discrimination are talked about frequently, one that has recently been in the news is hair discrimination. Many Minneapolis residents may not know that hair discrimination is an issue faced by many Black people in the workplace on a daily basis -- people have been fired for wearing their hair in traditional Black hairstyles.
"At-will" employment is not uncommon in the Twin Cities, nor is it uncommon throughout the United States. A person who is hired into a job with an at-will status may leave their job whenever they want, without notice or justification. However, the at-will relationship between a worker and their employer goes both ways. An employer can also release an at-will employee without notice or cause.
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.
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.
Just because a Minnesota resident has been terminated from their job does not mean they no longer have any rights. To understand what these rights are, it is important to know first what category one's employment falls under.
Getting to the top position at one's employment is difficult for most people, but its often even more difficult for women to get positions of power, for various reasons. Unfortunately, even when women make it to the top they are still subjected to a hostile work environment created by colleagues or subordinates who are not willing to take directions from a woman. Though great strides are being taken to equalize the work and power balance between men and women, the reality is that women are often subjected to harassment and discrimination at most positions and offices.
When someone loses their job, their steady source of income, it is natural to wonder what went wrong or how they could have avoided this situation of sudden unemployment. "Why was I fired?" may be a recurring question, along with the sentiment that one's firing was "unfair", but it is important to understand that unfair may differ from illegal.
Thousands of employees in Minnesota have relationships with their employers that are based on an employment contract. These agreements can cover a whole range of issues, such as compensation, benefits and the scope of job assignments. They can also cover the ways in which the employment contract can be terminated by the employer.
No one enjoys tension in their workplace. For the most part, Minnesota residents want to enjoy what they do for a living, earn a decent income and go home happy to their families. Unfortunately, there are some employees in Minnesota who don't have this type of ideal situation. Instead, they may be subject to various forms of retaliation in the workplace, which can make life miserable.
Employers in Minnesota are obligated to provide employees with a safe working environment. This obligation includes providing safe facilities, appropriate training and having a system in place to address safety concerns as they arise. Unfortunately, some employees in Minnesota may be working in an environment that ignores these obligations. So, what can employees do about unsafe work conditions at their place of employment?