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The HR Specialist: Minnesota Employment Law

A former insurance executive at Thrivent Financial has filed suit in Hennepin County alleging the company discriminated against him because he is black and retaliated against him after he accused a co-worker of racial discrimination.

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The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a state’s employment laws barring discharge for whistleblowing isn’t preempted by the Airline Deregulation Act.

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Workers who quit their jobs and take a severance payment in ex­­change for dropping a potential lawsuit weren’t “forced” to quit because of something their employers did to make remaining employed impossible. They, therefore, aren’t eligible for unemployment compensation payments.

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A Minnesota appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit that challenged a state law providing teachers with tenure protection. A group of parents had claimed that the law violated their children’s rights to an education because tenure made it difficult to get rid of ineffective teachers.

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An individual who applies for disability benefits, asserting that she is totally disabled, can still claim she’s entitled to reasonable accommodations under the ADA. However, she will have some explaining to do.

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Many health care workers regularly deal with patients whose immune systems are compromised and who could suffer catastrophic consequences if exposed to an otherwise mild illness. What’s such an employer to do if a worker refuses to get an appropriate shot?

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Employers are entitled to impose reasonable rules in their workplaces. Workers who refuse to abide by those rules aren’t eligible for unemployment compensation benefits if they are terminated.

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When harassment isn’t obvious in the workplace, the worker who later claims to have been harassed has an obligation to at least complain and tell the aggressor his behavior is unwelcome. Make sure you warn supervisors to guard against such attitudes.

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A unanimous Minnesota Supreme Court decision has made it considerably easier for workers to file—and win—whistleblower lawsuits under the Minnesota Whistleblower Act.

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The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over Minnesota employers, has revived a lawsuit against a union for allegedly violating a state disability discrimination law.

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