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Workplace Covid-19 Deaths and Serious Injuries May Result in Personal Injury Lawsuits for Damages

Generally, when a person suffers from a work-related injury, they file a workers’ compensation claim with their employer.  This has traditionally been the only means to obtain compensation for any lost time from work, medical or funeral expenses, or any permanent injury.  However, things have changed a bit since the Covid-19 pandemic has infiltrated workplaces …

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Reflections on National Whistleblower Appreciation Day

With Covid-19, we are in a new time and a new space for celebrating the role of whistleblowers in our communities, our nation and our world. We have often heard that whistleblowers are critical for preventing the waste, fraud and abuse that limit the effectiveness of government agencies and take money out of taxpayer’s pockets …

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Motor Vehicle Accidents in Minnesota – Part II: Liability Claims

In our last post, we discussed the benefits you may receive under your no-fault insurance coverage. In addition to the no-fault claim, you may also have a claim against the person responsible for your injuries. These liability claims are typically against the driver of the other vehicle or the driver of the vehicle in which …

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The U.S. Supreme Court Makes It Easier for Religious Institutions to Violate Anti-Discrimination Laws

In a 7-2 decision announced on July 8, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to exempt two religious elementary schools from lawsuits by former teachers claiming the schools had fired them for alleged discriminatory reasons. In doing so, the Supreme Court relied on the “ministerial exception,” which holds that the schools’ First Amendment right to …

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Motor Vehicle Accidents in Minnesota – Part I: No Fault Law

Minnesota is a “No-Fault” state for claims for car accidents, trucking accidents, and some pedestrian and motorcycle accidents. The purpose of the “No-Fault” law is to get certain losses paid quickly—without the need for a lawsuit. This means that in Minnesota, for just one accident, you may have multiple claims for compensation—no-fault and liability. In …

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DEPARTMENT STORE CHAIN SETTLES SICK DAY LAWSUIT

Nationwide retailer Dillard’s recently settled an employment discrimination lawsuit brought by workers who say the department store forced them to provide detailed medical information in order to use their sick days. The class-action suit lasted for four years and was lead largely by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC says that the company forced …

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Historic Supreme Court Opinion Affirms Protections for LGBT Workers

On June 15, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Title VII’s prohibitions against discrimination on the basis of sex also prohibit an employer from discriminating against an employee because of their sexual orientation or transgender status. Prior to the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling, only 21 states and the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto …

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A New Day in Court for Victims of Sexual Harassment: Kenneh v. Homeward Bound, Inc.

In an important decision on June 3, 2020, in the case Kenneh v. Homeward Bound, Inc.[1] the Minnesota Supreme Court held that Minnesota courts are not bound by restrictive federal court guidance in determining what constitutes sexual harassment under the Minnesota Human Rights Act (“MHRA”). For the past several decades, federal courts have applied an extremely …

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What are My Rights as an Employee in the COVID-19 Pandemic?

With the dialing down of the stay-at-home order, many employers are laying off more and more employees or, just the opposite, calling laid off employees to return back to work. What are your rights during these confusing times? Can my employer lay me off? And, what should I consider if I am laid off? Yes. …

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DEPARTMENT STORE DINGED FOR PRYING INTO EMPLOYEE’S HEALTH PROBLEMS

Back in grade school, taking a sick day meant coming in the next day with a note for the teacher explaining the absence. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says the national department store chain Dillards took that old-school practice too far when it required detailed information about employees’ medical conditions in return for sick leave. …

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