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Target Settles Wrongful Termination Suit

Minneapolis based Target Corp. has entered into a settlement to resolve a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by 16-year employee. The woman who filed the lawsuit has a diagnosed disability that made it difficult for her to keep track of time. While she worked at Target, other employees would routinely remind her when she failed to notice that …

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SEXUAL HARASSMENT NOT LIMITED TO A SINGLE GENDER

When we read a story in the Pioneer Press or Star Tribune about a sexual harassment case, it seems like the accused is almost always a male. There are a variety of cultural and business factors that lead to this disproportionate representation. But it is important to remember that just because a manager or supervisor …

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WHEN MINNESOTA EMPLOYERS ASK FOR YOUR FACEBOOK PASSWORD

People have become more intentional about the ways in which they share information online. While you might use online social tools like Facebook to share pictures taken at a church gathering or engage in discussions of ongoing medical treatment, you may not want these items broadcast to the general public. So people take steps to …

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FORMER MINNESOTA VIKINGS QUARTERBACK TO TESTIFY IN SEXUAL HARASSMENT CASE

Former Minnesota Viking quarterback Brett Favre has been called on to testify in a sexual harassment lawsuit surrounding text message he allegedly sent while playing for the Jets. The lawsuit alleges that while Favre was the starting quarterback for the Jets, he sent numerous inappropriate text messages to two massage therapists who were employees of the team. …

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SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION AT THE GOLF COURSE

Sexual discrimination related to the game of golf was recently in the national headlines as the PGA Master’s Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club highlighted the clubs refusal to admit female members. But alleged discrimination at a golf club can also be found much closer to home. Four former employees of the Minneapolis Golf …

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TWIN CITIES CAR DEALERSHIP ACCUSED OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Everyone who gets up every day and heads off to work deserves to work in an atmosphere free of sexual harassment. An employee should not have to suffer a hostile work environment for fear of losing their ability to provide financially for themselves and their families. Unfortunately some employers either knowingly allow or even actively foster …

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FEDEX SETTLES OVER ALLEGED DISCRIMINATION IN HIRING PRACTICES

When Minnesota workers apply for a job, they expect that the employer’s decision will be based on their objective aptitude for the position. Yet some employers still impermissibly hire employees according to their race, national origin or sex. This week, FedEx agreed to settle with the U.S. Department of Labor over allegations that the company …

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Menard Settles Class Action Discrimination Lawsuit

A home-improvement retail giant has settled a $1 million class action lawsuit which began after several minority employees complained about discrimination. Most people in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area are family with Menards. The company has 262 stores in 13 states in the Midwest. In 2004, several Menards employees complained to the Equal Employment Opportunity …

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U OF MINNESOTA STUDY SHOWS THAT FLEXIBLE WORKPLACE YIELDS RESULTS

A recent University of Minnesota study found that flexible workplaces are not only conducive to employee health, but also to measurable productivity. The study was conducted at Best Buy headquarters in Richfield where a test initiative directed workers to focus on results and allowed them to change when and where they performed work based on …

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TWO MINNESOTA COMPANIES ACCUSED OF HIRING DISCRIMINATION

Two Minnesota companies have recently been accused by the federal government of employment discrimination. Federal regulators first accused Cargill Inc. last month of discriminating on both race and gender grounds at its Arkansas turkey plant. The government claims that the company discriminated against thousands of entry-level workers at that plant.

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