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Halunen Law – Employment
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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Halunen Law – Employment
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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Halunen Law – Whistleblower
DECEPTIVE PRACTICES LEADS TO $18.5 MILLION SETTLEMENT

I think we’d all like to think that if we were put into a situation where we knew that something was wrong, that we’d speak up, but that’s not always the case, especially in a workplace environment. Many people would be afraid that if they did speak up, it could cost them their jobs. Recently, …

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Halunen Law – Employment
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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Halunen Law – Whistleblower
FEDERAL JUDGE ORDERS MAYO CLINIC TO REINSTATE WHISTLEBLOWER

Both Minnesota and federal law protect employees who report illegal activities taking place in their workplace. Under these laws, it is generally illegal for an employer to retaliate against whistleblowers by firing or demoting them, among other actions. Recently, a federal judge ordered the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, to reinstate an employee who had reportedly complained about the poor …

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Halunen Law – Employment
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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Halunen Law – Employment
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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Halunen Law – Employment
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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