EEOC To Study Workplace Harassment

The EEOC issued the following press release on March 30, 2015 announcing that it will study workplace harassment. Select Task Force of Academics, Practitioners and Stakeholders To Study How To Address And Prevent All Types of Workplace Harassment WASHINGTON–Jenny R. Yang, Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), today announced the membership of […]

Pregnant Women Can Seek Workplace Accommodations

The United States Supreme Court handed down a victory for employees today. This article below is from USA Today, March 25, 2015. Written By: Richard Wolf WASHINGTON — Pregnant workers can claim the same accommodations that employers grant to large numbers of similarly restricted workers, a divided Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. While indicating that getting […]

8 tips to help women negotiate more effectively

This article was taken from MPR’s website: By:  Madelyn Mahon · Mar 11, 2015 Research shows that women have a harder time negotiating in the workplace than their male colleagues. They’re more reluctant to ask for raises, promotions or other benefits for fear of being viewed as pushy or uncooperative. Those fears are often validated […]

StarTribune article: Hundreds of Target workers cut all at once

Written by:  Adam Belz, Star Tribune The calendar invitations landed in inboxes across Target Corp. just after sunrise. Workers who’d arrived to find the offices stacked with white boxes were to report to conference rooms for simultaneous but separate 8:45 a.m. meetings. Anyone whose job was safe didn’t get an invitation. “Once it was on […]

What Should I Do If I Am Offered a Severance Package or Separation Agreement Under Minnesota Law?

By Beth Bertelson: Losing a job can be difficult. There are many decisions to be made, including whether to sign a severance or separation agreement. When you sign these agreements, you are giving up your right to pursue legal action against your employer in exchange for the money the employer is offering you. In more […]

Supreme Court weighs hijab wearer’s religious discrimination claim against Abercrombie & Fitch

From Star Tribune, February 25, 2015 Associated Press: WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is considering the employment discrimination claim of a Muslim woman who was turned down for a job by clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch after she showed up at her job interview wearing a black headscarf that conflicted with the company’s dress code. […]

My Employer Rejected My Request for Reasonable Accommodation

When an employer rejects an employee’s suggested reasonable accommodation, it must come up with alternatives. An employer’s participation in the interactive process means more than simply meeting with an employee and rejecting her requested accommodation. To participate in “good faith” during the interactive process, an employer must suggest reasonable accommodations when it rejects an employee’s […]

Whistleblower Statute of Limitations Increased to Six Years

On December 15, 2014, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled that the time limitation to file a claim under the Minnesota Whistleblower Act (MWA), Minn. Stat. § 181.932 is six years. Previously, the Court had held the time period was two-years. The MWA prohibits an employer from discharging, threatening, otherwise discriminating against, or penalizing an employee […]

New York Times Article: Vigilant Eye on Gender Pay Gap

November 14, 2014. Written By:  Tara Siegal Bernard.  NY Times. The first step is admitting you have a problem, but it’s another thing to actually address it. Take the gender wage gap, for example. Women continue to make less than men for the same work, but a growing number of companies are quietly acknowledging that […]