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Halunen Law – Employment
American Crystal Sugar Strike Drags On

Union workers for the American Crystal Sugar plant probably didn’t envision their strike going on for nine months, but many feel that although the talks have continually broken down, they are united in their cause. The employment dispute is one that does not have an end in sight. The impasse between American Crystal and the approximately 1,300 …

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Halunen Law – Employment
WRONGFUL TERMINATION CASE HEADED TO MINNESOTA SUPREME COURT

Imagine accepting the job of your dreams only to have the offer retracted? This is what happened to Jimmy Williams in 2007 when he was offered to serve under the head basketball coach at the University of Minnesota. He filed a wrongful termination suit and in 2010 was awarded $1 million. The case was appealed and is …

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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 – Employment
MINNEAPOLIS PARKS CITED FOR DISCRIMINATION, CULTURAL DISREGARD

The parks are very much a part of the culture in Minneapolis. When news broke recently about alleged racial discrimination within the Minneapolis Park System, many people in the Twin Cities felt outraged. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the local NAACP alerted the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board in December that it had received more than …

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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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