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Can I Sue for Harassment at Work?

"I'm being harassed at work! Do I have a case against my employer?" This is another question I hear a lot from potential clients, much like "Can I sue for wrongful termination?"  More often than not, the "harassment" is by a boss who is just being a jerk, and I have to tell the potential client that there is no law against being a jerk.

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!

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).

Jack Link's Missing Link: Company Pays $50K to Settle Claim of Ongoing Sexual Harassment

A recently settled Minnesota Department of Human Rights charge against Jack Link's Beef Jerky emphasizes the importance of follow-through when responding to sexual harassment allegations.

Target Settlement Sheds Light on Disparate Impact Discrimination

By now, you've probably read or heard about Target Corporation's agreement to pay $2.8 million to settle an EEOC discrimination charge. Unlike a "disparate treatment" case where the plaintiffs claim that an employer's actions were motivated by discriminatory intent, this was a "disparate impact" case where the EEOC alleged that screening tests used by Target disproportionately excluded applicants on the basis of race and gender and violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Safety Leave Offers Help to Abuse Victims

For victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and stalking, seeking help is sometimes the most difficult first step toward safety and justice. Adding to the struggle is the reality that taking that step sometimes means committing time during the workday to seek help. Consequently, the fear of missing work has often been an obstacle to reporting those crimes, participating in the legal process, or otherwise seeking or providing help.

FLSA Misclassification Proves Costly for Local Employer

A Fargo, ND hotelier with a property in Alexandria, MN will pay nearly $200,000.00 to settle a lawsuit brought by the US Department of Labor (see Court Orders Hotel Owner to Pay More than $180K in Back Wages, Damages to 200 Workers Across North Dakota, Montana and Minnesota, DOL Release No. 15-1294-DAK; Lawsuit Settlement Helps Hotel Workers in Alexandria, Echo Press July 16, 2015). The DOL alleged in the suit that Bharat I. Patel violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to pay minimum wage and/or overtime rates to nearly 200 employees at a number of hotels, including the Country Inn and Suites in Alexandria.

Medical Marijuana: Are You Ready to Roll with It?

Medical marijuana (technically, "medical cannabis") may be lawfully dispensed in Minnesota starting July 1, 2015. What does this mean for Minnesota employers?

Supreme Court Rules for EEOC in Abercrombie Dress Code Case

Employers must now use more caution when their dress codes clash with their employees' religious beliefs. That is the result of the United States Supreme Court's June 1, 2015 ruling in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc.

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