The HR Specialist: Minnesota Employment Law

While it’s unpleasant and unproductive, having a supervisor scream at subordinates isn’t grounds for a race discrimination lawsuit if he never uses racially offensive words.

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As technology becomes more and more intrusive, today’s employees naturally wonder how far their employers can pry. Carefully weigh whether any form of employee surveillance is right for your organization. 

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Minneapolis-based retail giant Target has agreed to remove any questions concerning job applicants’ criminal background from its applications nationwide.

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A class of 750 bartenders, waiters and security guards who worked for the now-defunct Drink and Spin nightclubs in Minneapolis has won a wage lawsuit that made it all the way to the Minnesota Supreme Court.

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When men and women work together, romantic relationships are bound to occur. Even rules that prohibit such relationships—at least between supervisors and subordinates—won’t stop that from happening. But an isolated affair isn’t a legal kiss of death.

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Employees who sue for bias must show that they suffered some harm from the discrimination they allege.

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A few years back, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that chicken processing employees had to be paid for time spent putting on and taking off special protective clothing before and after their shifts. Since then, numerous lawsuits have challenged “donning and doffing” pay practices. Now, the 8th Circuit Court of Ap­peals has provided a bit of clarification.

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The EEOC has sued Worthington-based Davis Typewriter after a manager streamed video from a company surveillance tape on his computer—allegedly so he could ogle a female subordinate’s breasts.

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The Minnesota Senate has finally settled with former legislative aide Michael Brodkorb, who sued after he was fired in the wake of a romantic affair with then-Majority Leader Amy Koch.

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The EEOC has sued Buffalo-based Izza Bending Tube & Wire, claiming it retaliated against an employee after she objected to a manager’s decision not to hire a black applicant.

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