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Can I Sue for Wrongful Termination?

Wrongful Termination.png"I just got fired! Can I sue for wrongful termination?" I hear that a lot from people who've lost their jobs and want legal advice about their rights. My answer is almost always no because under Minnesota law, there really is no such thing as a legal claim for "wrongful termination." And, "wrongful" does not always equate to "unlawful."

Registration Open for 14th Annual Employment Law Update

Please join us for the 14h Annual West Central Minnesota Employment Law Update at the Alexandria Technical and Community College on Wednesday, June 7, 2017!

Statute of limitations halted during internal dispute resolution process, says Minnesota Supreme Court

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled this week in Peterson v. City of Minneapolis that the one-year statute of limitations set by the Minnesota Human Rights Act ("MHRA") is suspended while the employer and employee voluntarily engage in an employer's internal dispute resolution process. As a result, employees will now in many cases have additional time to pursue claims under the MHRA.

Tick Tock: Appeals Court Opens Door to Stale Discrimination Claims by Broadly Interpreting Statute of Limitations Tolling Clause

Note: Due to the Minnesota Supreme Court's affirmance of the Court of Appeals' decision in Peterson v. City of Minneapolis, this post has been replaced by Statute of limitations halted during internal dispute resolution process, says Minnesota Supreme Court.

New Overtime Rules Could Result in Loss of Exempt Status for Salaried Employees

Note: the DOL's rules have been tempoarily blocked by an injunction issued by a federal judge in Texas. For more information about that case, please see New Overtime Rule BLOCKED by Texas Court.

Boys Will Be Boys No Defense to Workplace Violence Claims

Employers can be held liable for injuries suffered by employees who are assaulted by their co-workers, the Minnesota Court of Appeals reiterated in a recent case. The decision highlights the importance of reducing the risk of workplace violence by conducting background checks of potential employees and enforcing anti-violence policies with existing employees.

Nursing Mothers' Rights

Though it's been done since the beginning of time, breastfeeding in public made waves this summer when our local paper asked for comments from its readers (see It's Your Turn: Facebook readers share thoughts on breastfeeding, Echo Press Sept. 4, 2015; A mom's dilemma, Echo Press Sept. 4, 2015).

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