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 […]

The Workologist’s 6 tips to resolve workplace conflict, get a raise

From:  Minnesota Public Radio, The Daily Circuit, November 16, 2014 By:  Rob Walker: Author of The Workologist column for the New York Times On today’s installment of our Monday work series, New York Times Workologist Rob Walker joined The Daily Circuit to take questions about navigating tough situations in the workplace. The Workologist’s 6 tips […]

Business forum: HR and the same-sex marriage act

Source: Star Tribune Author: Sara McGrane, employment law attorney with MInneapolis law firm Felhaber, Larson, Fenlon & Vogt. The impact of same-sex marriage goes beyond the ceremony to employee benefits. Minnesota companies are advised to take note. While the passage of legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota has advocates celebrating, the future walk down the […]