EEOC Announces $450,000 Sexual Harassment Settlement

The EEOC issued a press release announcing a $450,000 settlement for female workers who were physically and verbally harassed at a potato packing company: EEOC Press Release, October 7, 2015 DENVER – Two potato packing companies will pay $450,000 and furnish other relief to settle a lawsuit for sexual harassment and retaliation brought by the […]

Have A Workers Comp Claim And The Employer Is Asking You To Resign Or Settle?

Before you agree to resign or settle your workers compensation claim, we recommend you talk to an employment law attorney first. While your employer may present you with an offer to settle your workers compensation claims, the agreement you are presented will often include also settling any employment law claims.   These are claims are in […]

Told Your Job Will Be Eliminated?

If you are told your job will be eliminated, your employer may offer you a severance package.  Before signing anything, it is recommended that you talk to an attorney. Bertelson Law Offices routinely consults with employees who are told their positions will be eliminated. We have over 35 years of combined experience reviewing, evaluating and […]

Considering Quitting Your Job?

Quitting your job has legal and career ramifications.  Quitting can impact your ability to receive unemployment benefits.  It can impact your ability to make an employment law claim and can impact the value of those claims. Despite this, one always needs to consider safety and health which may make quitting the best option. Before quitting […]

Age Related Comments Evidence of Age Discrimination

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals recently found that a decision-makers age related comments could be evidence of age discrimination: “Viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to Thomas, we also conclude that the age-related comments that Hagen made in the workplace were sufficiently related to Thomas and to the decisional process to constitute […]

Pregnancy Discrimination

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that an employee doesn’t have to prove that her employer knew about a pregnancy to show pregnancy discrimination.  She only has to prove that the employer held an employee’s potential childbearing against her. (Yousuf v. Fairview Health Services, No. 14-3687, 8th Cir., 2015). Capacity, not actual pregnancy, […]

NYTimes Article: Netflix Offers Expanded Maternity and Paternity Leave

Netflix announced an unlimited leave policy for new parents – far exceeding the 12 weeks of unpaid leave offered under the Family Medical Leave Act. By Emily Steel, August 5, 2015 Netflix announced on Tuesday that it was starting an unlimited leave policy for new mothers and fathers for the first year after the birth […]