by Susan Fitzke, Sarah Gorajski and Anthony de Sam Lazaro, Esqs., Littler Mendelson, Minneapolis
Recent changes to the Minnesota Whistleblower Act (MWA) and the way in which Minnesota courts interpret it should put employers on watch. Late last year, the Minnesota Court of Appeals extended the statute of limitations for MWA claims from two to six years. The ruling comes on the heels of 2013 amendments to the MWA, which, plaintiffs argue, expand the scope of the statute’s coverage.
Statute of limitations
In Ford v. Minneapolis Public Schools, the Minnesota Court of Appeals overturned 20 years of precedent and held that because an MWA claim is created by statute, the longer six-year limitations period applies, not two years. The practical impact of the court’s decision is that an employee may now file a claim in court for an alleged violation of the MWA for up to six years after the employee claims to have made a complaint or ...(register to read more)