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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
MINNESOTA COMPANY FIRED WORKER FOR TAKING PRESCRIBED PAIN MEDS

The Americans with Disabilities Act protects Americans from experiencing disability discrimination at the hands of an employer. This means that neither an employee nor a job applicant may be treated unfavorably by an employer on the basis that he or she has a disability, a history of disability or has a relationship with another person who has …

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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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Halunen Law – Employment
WORKPLACE SEXUAL HARASSMENT CONTINUES IN THE MODERN DAY

Sexual harassment in Minnesota and around the country, unfortunately, is not a thing of the past. When workplace sexual harassment comes up in conversation, many people think back to previous decades. Those dated training videos from the 1980s may pop into mind, or news coverage of the Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas controversy, or even thoughts of …

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