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State’s lawyer says she was punished for union organizing

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Assistant Attorney General Amy Lawler says she was suspended for speaking out in favor of a union movement in the attorney general’s office. But Attorney General Lori Swanson’s administration says Lawler was put on leave in March only because she had failed to follow the proper channels in raising ethics concerns.

In the week before the suspension, Lawler told and Minnesota Public Radio that a union drive had created a climate of retribution in the office. She also said that attorneys felt pressure to help Swanson get publicity by tailoring lawsuits to consumer protection issues that had been in the news.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has been trying to organize the attorney general’s office for more than a year. Swanson maintains that lawyers in her office are not eligible. AFSCME said it would seek “every legal remedy” to help Lawler.

Note: Avoid taking any adverse actions against employees while they are engaged in organizing efforts. If you must take action, make sure you have documentation that shows you have legitimate business reasons that are clearly unrelated to the employees’ union efforts.

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