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Why Choose the Employment Lawyers at Halunen Law?

Named Minnesota’s Top Whistleblower Law Firm

$500 MILLION
In settlements achieved for employees

95% OF CASES RESOLVED
Before going to trial

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Unflinching Determination and a Proven Guide

We know challenging your employer may seem daunting, but our employment attorneys in Minneapolis have the proven expertise and experience to guide the way. We are fearless in pursuit of justice on your behalf. Together we’ll chart the course and take a stand for what’s right.

Wrongful Termination

Being fired from your job can be incredibly stressful. Many terminations are considered wrongful under the law.

Learn more about what constitutes wrongful termination and your rights.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment takes many forms.  Regardless, it boils down to violating a person’s rights to be safe and feel comfortable at work.

Read more about this all-too-prevalent conduct and your rights.

Discrimination

Unfortunately, workplace discrimination continues to be a recurring issue. Whether it’s based on race, age, gender, disability, sexual preference, or other characteristics, you have rights!

We will fight for your rights against this illegal behavior.

Whistleblower Retaliation

If you have witnessed illegal conduct at work, challenged it, and were fired as a result, this may be employee retaliation. Employee retaliation is ILLEGAL!

Learn about your rights against this form of wrongful termination.

Whistleblower Law

The False Claims Act and similar state statutes provide significant financial rewards to whistleblowers who expose fraud against government agencies or programs.

Hostile Work Environment

Your daily job might have inherent stresses, but if you’re dealing with a hostile work environment, you may actually have legal recourse. Read about what factors to consider and your rights.

Severance

A severance may be offered and used against an employee to leverage the company’s interests and limit the employee’s options. Learn more about our expertise in navigating these critical negotiations.

Wage & Hour

Federal and state laws protect employees, requiring fair payment for hours worked and proper classification of employees. When these laws are broken, workers can file claims and seek damages. We have the expertise to help.

Representing Employees in Minneapolis & Nationwide

Labor and employment laws cover a broad area at the federal, state, and local levels, from discrimination laws to safety standards, wage and hour violations, the Family Medical Leave Act and healthcare plans, and protections against sexual harassment and whistleblower retaliation. There are several different federal, state, and local agencies that handle these workplace issues. This makes it confusing for workers trying to figure out what steps to take when they believe they have been mistreated. The employment attorneys at Halunen Law have experience challenging employers and the expertise to help you get the justice you deserve.

In this short video, Halunen Law Founder and Managing Partner, Clayton Halunen, describes his experience with employment law and what caused him to begin a firm that focuses on combating illegal corporate practices.

Workplace Discrimination

Prejudice in the workplace can result in discrimination, affecting every aspect of a worker’s job, including how much they are paid, whether promotions are denied, and how work assignments are made. Discrimination during the hiring and firing process, as well as during training opportunities and other benefit decisions, is also a violation of state and federal law.

Employers who segregate employees, deny them equal opportunities, refuse to hire or terminate an individual based on their skin color, sex, race, religion, or national origin are in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. There are additional statutes that protect workers against specific types of discrimination under other date and federal laws, including:

  • Equal Pay/Gender Equality
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Pregnancy/Family Responsibility
  • Marital Status

Workplace Retaliation

Organizations don’t always do the right thing, and sometimes it’s up to employees to bring it to their attention. Under state and federal laws, employers are forbidden from punishing workers or applicants for speaking up and asserting their rights under the law. Retaliation can take many forms, such as:

  • Termination
  • Demotion or transfer to a less desirable job
  • Verbal or physical abuse
  • Denying benefits and opportunities
  • Increased scrutiny
  • Making the job purposefully more difficult
  • Giving a poor performance review when it is undeserved

Employees who file a complaint or participate in a complaint process are protected from retaliation. If you come to us before reporting illegal conduct, we can help minimize potential negative reactions and set you up to be protected under the law. If you have already reported illegal conduct, we can help you recognize whether retaliation has occurred and developed a plan to address it.

Wrongful Termination

Losing your job unexpectedly can cause financial difficulties and undue amounts of stress. Although some states have a public policy or other exceptions, all 50 states in the U.S are at-will employment states. This means that you can be fired whether your workplace has cause or for no cause at all for your termination. However, if your employment was terminated for an unlawful reason, which includes reasons such as discrimination or in retaliation for whistleblowing, you may have grounds for a claim.

Whistleblower Retaliation

Responsible workers are the public’s best means for discovering illegal conduct committed by managers, executives, corporations, and other entities. Employees who report unlawful actions by their employer may face harassment, unfair treatment, or termination as a result of their report. Unfortunately, there are also more subtle retaliation methods. They include:

  • Being subjected to an unsafe work environment
  • Demotion
  • Verbal or physical abuse
  • Denial of promotions, benefits, or bonuses
  • Suspension

Several federal laws, which include the Whistleblower Protection Act and Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, are in place to protect employees who are brave enough to speak up and do the right thing. There are also other federal and state laws depending on the circumstances, industry, and jurisdiction that may apply. If you believe you’ve been targeted because you filed a complaint against your employer for violating the law, you might be able to recover compensation.

The Fair Labor Standards Act

The FLSA protects the rights of U.S. workers from unfair employment practices. It covers full-time and part-time workers in the private sector as well as local, state, and federal government employees. Organizations that fail to comply with employment laws can face stringent penalties that include fines and paying back wages to their affected workers. Despite the FLSA protections, there are still several common labor law violations.

Misclassification of Employees

The way your employer classifies your position can affect certain legal rights, including overtime pay. By misclassifying employees, they can avoid certain responsibilities, including overtime pay. Generally, Employers have three options to categorize their workers:

Exempt

Workers who earn more than $684 per week and are paid as a salaried employee are generally considered exempt, although there may be exceptions. If you have an exempt position, you are likely not protected by the FLSA, nor are you entitled to overtime pay.

Non-Exempt

Employees in positions categorized as non-exempt may be entitled to overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours in a single workweek. The hourly wage and the amount you earn per week does not determine whether you are eligible for overtime.

Independent Contractors

Workers who perform the same duties as an employee but are not classified as employees are independent contractors. The FLSA doesn’t protect individuals holding this type of position. They are not entitled to workers’ compensation or unemployment and must handle their own taxes.

Non-Compliance with Overtime Laws

Professionals who earn at least $684 per week, including administrators, executives, certain salespersons, farm employees and others, are exempt from the overtime laws. However, employees, such as nurses, are entitled to overtime compensation. The FLSA addresses standards related to overtime pay. It is set at 1.5 times that of the regular hourly rate if an employee works more than 40 hours in a week.

Failure to Meet Minimum Wage Requirements

While the Federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 per hour, each state may vary. For example, in Arizona, it’s $12.00; in Illinois, it’s $9.25; and in Minnesota, it’s between $8.15 and $10.00, depending on the size of the employer. Employers who fail to pay the minimum wage required in their state may leave themselves open to a lawsuit. They may also be in violation of the FLSA, depending on the situation.

Halunen Law Employment Lawyers

Employment law is complex, and you need legal counsel that knows how to navigate the legal process and who is successful in the courtroom. Our national employment law attorneys understand that employers may claim they have a legitimate reason for the actions they took against you.

We can explain your options, evaluate your claim, and guide you through the legal process. At Halunen Law, we have years of trial experience and work to protect the rights of our clients. If you have been unfairly treated and want to learn more about your rights, contact us today or call 866-523-8533 to schedule a free consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about being a whistleblower? Find the answers to commonly asked questions regarding the False Claims Act and other whistleblower statutes.

Signs of Retaliation

You may be experiencing retaliation or punishment. This could be subtle or obvious, or you may be afraid that someone is planning to pay you back. They could pay you back by firing or discrediting you. You’ll need to learn what signs to look for.

Contact Us for Help

Our firm’s Minnesota employee rights lawyers are available to advise you about your legal rights and your options for moving forward. Contact us at 612-605-4098 or toll free at 866-523-8533 for assistance.

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