Understanding Minnesota Employment Law
Cases Employment Law Might Cover
- Unequal pay or promotion when compared to similarly experienced and educated employees due to the individual’s race, gender, or other discriminatory category.
- Lack of diversity at management levels of the business.
- Demeaning language or jokes about an individual’s race, gender, gender identity, disability, or age that can give rise to the creation of a hostile work environment.
- Favoritism of certain employees based on race, gender, or other discriminatory categories.
- Unjust disciplinary actions taken against a certain group of employees that is discriminatory in nature.
- Violations to your employment contract: In at-will states, if an employee has a contract that spells out the terms of their employment — including provisions for termination — and their termination occurred contrary to the stipulations in the employment contract, the employer can be held liable for breach of contract.
- Your termination was discriminatory in nature: Whether based on your age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender, pregnancy, or other protected class.
- You were retaliated against for filing a worker’s compensation claim or a whistleblower claim.
- You were fired in a manner that is contrary to the rights of employment you are granted: Through federal employment laws, including the Civil Rights Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, or others.
- Your employer was engaging in illegal business practices: That breach good faith and fair dealing, such as firing someone to prevent them from collecting a sales commission or firing someone in order to hire someone else who is willing to work for lower wages.
- Blacklisting: Which involves preventing an individual from finding employment after termination by tarnishing your reputation in the industry.
The Whistleblower Act
- The employee reported their employer to authorities for a violation or suspected violation of federal or state laws.
- The employee was asked by officials to participate in a legal investigation or hearing.
- The employee refuses the employer’s demand to participate in an act that they believe is in violation of federal or state laws.
- Intimidating or harassing the employee
- Reassigning the employee in a way that will impact their ability to get a promotion
- Demoting, transferring, or reducing the pay or hours of the whistleblower
- Denying the employee overtime or a promotion in order to punish them for the report
- Failing to hire or rehire the employee who made the report
- Wrongfully terminating an employee after they report their suspicions
How a Minnesota Employment Lawyer Can Help
An employment lawyer is a legal representative who has been trained and is experienced in assisting individuals who have been mistreated in the workplace as a result of discrimination, wrongful termination, or a violation of the Whistleblower Act to pursue compensation from their employer’s insurance for the financial and psychological hardship they experienced as a result of these wrongful employment practices. Some of the services we provide for our clients include:
- Determination as to whether the employer violated federal or state employment laws
- Assistance with gathering evidence and witness testimony to support your claims
- Settlement negotiations with the employer’s insurance carrier in an attempt to garner a settlement that provides compensation for your monetary and psychological costs and also develops a plan pertaining to your employment going forward
- Litigation services provided if your employment case is decided in court
- Assistance collecting your settlement or court award