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Minneapolis Wrongful Termination Law Blog

Ex-director files discrimination charges against Northfield COC

Employees in Minnesota understand that bad workweeks happen, and some might even make career changes due to the work environment not being a proper fit. Despite this, employees should not quit or be terminated for improper reasons. A wrongful termination could be based on employment discrimination. When an employer bases their hiring and firing decisions on the specific characteristics of the employee, this could be ground for a civil action.

It was recently confirmed that the former director of the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce filed discrimination charges against the Northfield Chamber. These claims date from November 2013 when she was presumably terminated. Months after the incident, the former director contacted the Minnesota Department of Human Rights to establish whether investigation of her termination was warranted.

Dismissed sexual harassment claim revived

No matter the gender of an employee, if an employer or co-worker makes him or her feel uncomfortable or creates a hostile work environment, there are different actions that can be taken to address the situation. In the case of sexual harassment, comments or inappropriate attention could cause an employee to take action or fail to comply with these advancements. This could eventually lead to the employee quitting or suffering wrongful termination.

The Minnesota Appeals Court recently revived a sexual harassment claim that was filed by a library administrator. The claim was originally filed in Wabasha County District Court and alleged that the woman suffered sexual harassment, was wrongfully terminated. The complaint also claimed that the city violated the open meeting laws.

Increase in work visas blamed for wrongful terminations

An employee in Minnesota often seeks to keep their job until they retire, change career paths or pursue further education. A worker does not expect to be terminated without a good reason. If a situation such as workplace discrimination occurs, workers are not often aware of their options in the situation let alone that they may be in an employment discrimination circumstance.

As foreign work visas continue to increase and expand, so do the number of jobs now being held by immigrant workers. These newly-arriving, skilled and unskilled temporary workers have recently caused much concern for those who have been laid-off, particularly in the tech sector. Some employees have been claiming that they lost their jobs to a foreign worker because their employers are able to pay them less for the same position.

Supreme Court rules on whistleblower testimony protection

When it comes to speaking out about possible violations in the workplace, federal employees in Minnesota and across the nation often fear that taking that step might harm their personal and professional life. Fear of retaliation is a legitimate concern to have when it comes to reporting a violation of federal law by an employer. In these matters, whistleblower protections are initiated and help ensure the employee is not harmed by speaking out about the information they have uncovered about their employer or superiors.

The justices of the Supreme Court recently made a unanimous ruling that public employees have a constitutional right to be protected from job retaliation when they are in court testifying about official corruption. Specifically, they ruled that the First Amendment provides this protection.

Settlement reached after hotel workers claim age discrimination

As employees age, they often consider whether they want to remain at their job. They could also face the decision to change careers or whether they should retire. Despite these thoughts, employers should not be the ones to establish whether an older employee will remain in their position. Wrongful termination due to age biases violates the civil rights of the employee.

After four former employees filed an age discrimination suit against Interstate Hotels and Resorts, a settlement was recently reached. The Virginia-based firm that managed the Kahler Grand Hotel, located in Rochester, agreed to a confidential settlement for the claims that stemmed from statements made by management at the hotel.

Taking action against sexual harassment in the workplace

Getting inappropriate attention or advances in the workplace can create a very uncomfortable environment for employees. Workers in Minnesota are often concerned about a safe and healthy workplace, and when instances of sexual harassment occur, this could seriously affect their career and emotional well-being. Moreover, this could lead to a hostile work environment and cause the employee to endure various damages from the events.

A recent report focused on the seriousness of sexual harassment in the workplace and what counterarguments there are against the excuses brought on by the harasser. Properly addressing these events could reduce the negative effects that could occur when a worker avoids filing a complaint or taking action.

Wrongful termination report almost done for former Vikings punter

Obtaining and maintaining a dream career is often the goal when an individual expands their education and increases their skills and experience. Yet, even when he or she gets such a job, various obstacles could be present in the work environment that makes it difficult to keep the position. For some employees, this could mean experiencing employment discrimination. This could be in the form of a hostile workplace and which may result in job loss. If an employee believes he or she has endured a wrongful termination, he or she may be able to file a civil lawsuit in an effort to recover damages.

Minnesota Vikings fans are aware of the allegations made by the team's former punter, Chris Kluwe. Following statements regarding his support for same-sex marriage and his remarks concerning homophobic statements allegedly made by the special-teams coordinator, Kluwe believes he was wrongfully terminated.

Minnesota seeks to pass bill to prevent age discrimination

The one thing that people cannot escape is the fact that they are aging. Employees in Minnesota understand that age sometimes plays a role in a person's capabilities. The one thing that age should not do, however, is prevent an individual from obtaining a job or maintaining a position with his or her employer. Age discrimination could lead to a hostile work environment and could result in a more serious action, such as a civil suit against an employer. Employment discrimination can seriously affect the individual involved, as well as the entire work environment.

Congress has been urged to take action for the aging population and the director of AARP in Minnesota stated that this includes passing the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act. The bill would create equality among employees and protect the older workers from discrimination. Those who currently feel they are facing discrimination will have resources available to them. This will often depend on the situation and the age of the employee.

Pentagon issues report of sexual harassment complaints

Some employees in Minnesota have the misfortune of experiencing or witnessing obnoxious or offensive activities in the workplace. In most cases, the employee this occurs to or a witness of these events will file a complaint. This is commonly the case when it comes to sexual harassment in the workplace. This harassment will often create a hostile work environment and could lead to emotional damage and even force some employees to quit.

The authors of a recent report discovered that nearly 500 workers in the U.S. armed forces were terminated or disciplined for sexual harassment in the past year. It was also reported that close to 13 percent of sexual harassment complaints in the military were in response to the actions of repeat offenders. Due to these numbers, the Department of Defense recently released a formal report regarding how they should handle these incidents of sexual assault and related crimes.

Minnesota Governor passes law should reduce gender pay gap

Equality in the workplace an important goal and states across the nation implement laws in order to achieve this initiative. Even though legislation has been passed, employees in Minnesota and across the nation still experience employment discrimination. This often leads to a hostile work environment and could create grounds for civil rights claims. If an employee is treated differently because of their gender, they might have a cause of action for the damages they experience.

Women are well aware of gaps and disparities in the workforce and a recent report discusses the new legislation in Minnesota that has been designed to break down the economic barriers in the state. Specifically, lawmakers seek to reduce the gender pay gap and create a more equal workforce. Governor Mark Dayton signed the Women's Economic Security Act in order to provide protections, flexibility and expand employment opportunities for women.

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