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Is litigation the only choice in employment disputes?

You may have spent months or even years dealing with harassment, discrimination or retaliation at work. Whether it was a manager, a supervisor, a co-worker or all of the above, you suffered long enough and decided to report the activity to your employer. Despite your efforts, you continue to work under intolerable conditions.

Since your employer failed to rectify the situation to your satisfaction, your next step was to go outside your workplace for help. At some point, you realize that you could file a legal action, but you are hesitant to do so. Fortunately, there is an alternative to litigation in employment disputes.

What to do when your paycheck doesn't add up

Your body may tell you that you work hard, but your paycheck may not show it. Some weeks it may seem like you worked a day or two for free, and that may not be far from the truth. If you are noticing discrepancies between what you expected your check to be and the amount you received, you may be one of the countless victims of wage theft.

A recent survey revealed that nearly half of the people questioned about their earnings reported suffering some form of wage theft. However, just because the problem seems overwhelming doesn't mean there's nothing you can do about it. You have a right to the money you worked for.

Postnuptial agreements may save a struggling marriage

When you and your spouse married, the topic of a prenuptial agreement may never have crossed your mind. Maybe you felt you had no reason for such a plan, especially if you had little money and few assets. Perhaps you fully intended to write a prenuptial agreement, but the confusion and stress of planning a wedding put the idea on the back burner until it was too late.

However, it may not be too late. In fact, apparently more married couples are entering into postnuptial agreements, which are similar to their pre-wedding counterparts except that they are signed after you are already married. Of course, the reasons why couples do this are varied and often unique to each couple's situation. However, you may find some commonalities with your circumstances.

Do I Have a Case for Sexual Harassment?

"I'm being harassed at work! Do I have a case?" 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.

Swenson Lervick Helps Bring MN Supreme Court to Alexandria

Swenson Lervick is happy to have helped bring the Minnesota Supreme Court to Alexandria. The Court was in town on October 4 and 5 as a part of its outreach program designed to not only give students a close look at how the Court works but also to give them a chance to observe the oral arguments in a real case (State of Minnesota v. Heinonen).

Changes to LLC Law Take Effect January 1, 2018

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for 133_web_cropped.jpgFor anyone who established a limited liability company (LLC) prior to August 1, 2015, you probably received an email from the Minnesota Secretary of State recently letting you know of certain changes in the law. Effective January 1, 2018 all LLCs will be subject to the new Minnesota statutes chapter §322C.

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."

Taking a vacation from custody disputes

With summer break fast approaching, you may be anticipating the dispute that will likely arise when you and your ex-spouse broach the subject of taking the kids on vacation. Perhaps your spouse wants to take the children out of state to visit relatives, and you are reluctant to have the young ones so far away for so long.

If you and your spouse did not work out these details in your custody agreement at the time of your divorce, you may consider figuring out a way to avoid the same struggle summer after summer.

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!

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