Workplace Discrimination

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Under Minnesota law, employers are prohibited from discriminating against employees and job applicants based on age, disability, race, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, military status, marital status, familial status, or status with regard to public assistance. At Bertelson Law, we have 35 years combined experience as Minnesota Bar Association employment law specialists handling discrimination cases. We focus on your personal goals and will work with you to determine how best to proceed with your potential case.


What is Workplace Discrimination?

Discrimination is different treatment based on a person’s age, disability, race, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, military status, marital status, familial status, or status with regard to public assistance. Discrimination and harassment can take many forms, including:

• Failure to hire, promote, or offer training

• Pre-employment questions that determine who is hired

• Unrelated job requirements that exclude people of a certain age, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status more than others

• Racial or ethnic slurs or derogatory comments that create a discriminatory workplace

• Work assignments based on certain protected classes

• “English only” language rules and requirements in the workplace

Follow the menu at the bottom of the page to view specific examples of how discrimination may present itself in the workplace.


What Steps Should I Take if I Am Facing Discrimination at Work?

• If possible, directly inform the harasser that his/her conduct is unwelcome and must stop. This response could prevent future harassment from the person, as they may not have realized his/her behavior was offensive.

• To file a complaint of discrimination, use any employer complaint mechanism or grievance system available.

• Document the circumstances, such as the nature of the discriminatory comments or actions, and the context in which the incidents occurred. Keep track of dates, places, times, witnesses.

• If harassment persists after reporting it to your employer, or is not dealt with to your satisfaction, contact an employment law attorney.


What Does the Law Say?

Workplace discrimination is prohibited under Minnesota Law, however, federal and state laws which prohibit discrimination have different time limitations in which you must pursue your claims or forever lose your right to do so.

If you think you may be facing discrimination in the workplace, contact Bertelson Law Offices at (612) 278-9832 to discuss what claims you may have.


Types of Discrimination

Age Discrimination and Harassment
Disability Discrimination and Harassment
Gender Discrimination and Harassment
Race, Color, Creed, Religious, and National Origin Discrimination and Harassment
Sexual Orientation, Marital, and Familial Status Discrimination and Harassment

 

*THIS MATERIAL IS EDUCATIONAL ONLY. IT DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AND SHOULD NOT SUBSTITUTE FOR LEGAL ADVICE.

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