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Minnesota Legislature Considers Competing Bills on Workplace Sexual Harassment Standards: One Protects Workers; the Other Hurts Them

In 1986 the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Meritor Savings Bank, FSB v. Vinson – its first significant venture into the world of workplace sexual harassment claims. While the decision was critically important in confirming that hostile workplace sexual harassment is unlawful,[1] it also unfortunately made it extremely difficult for workers to …

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Understanding DATWA: Minnesota’s Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace Act

PART ONE  Ten Things Minnesota Job Applicants Need To Know About Drug & Alcohol Testing Laws You received a telephone call from a prospective employer, and they want to hire you! You are ecstatic – this is the dream job you’ve always wanted! The employer goes on to tell you that that the “offer of …

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Kickbacks and Bribes – Real Consequences

It was announced yesterday that the CEO of Insys Therapeutics Inc., Micheal Babich, pleaded guilty to participating in a nationwide scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe its opioid medication Subsys. Babich resigned as the Arizona-based drugmaker’s CEO in 2015. His guilty plea comes just weeks before Insys founder, and one-time billionaire, John Kapoor goes to …

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Halunen Law and Co-Counsel Firms Reach Settlement in Case Against IKO Roofing Shingles

Halunen Law, Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P., and Levin Sedran & Berman, announced recently that plaintiffs they represented entered into an agreement to settle various class actions relating to IKO roofing shingles. The settlement applies to the “organic” asphalt shingles that were installed on buildings in the United States primarily between 1978 and 2008. Read the recent press release about …

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Halunen Law’s Emma Denny to Serve on Upcoming CLE Panel Focused on Sexual Harassment

  In the age of the #MeToo movement, many law firms are experiencing an increase in sexual harassment cases. And they are considering changes in how they litigate these cases. On October 17, the Minnesota State Bar Association’s “How #MeToo is Impacting Employment Law Today” panel will discuss how attorneys assess sexual harassment claims, how …

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From Cashiers To CEOS, Women In The Workplace Deserve To Be Heard

As an immigrant from Bangladesh, Eva Biswas was granted asylum in the United States to escape the persecution, terrorism, and sexual violence she experienced in her home country. But she found life in her new country brought unexpected challenges in the form of the alleged sexual harassment from her workplace supervisor at a national chain …

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Halunen Law Featured on CBS Whistleblower Series For Groundbreaking Case Against Globe University

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (August 24, 2018): Halunen Law is pleased to announce firm founder and managing partner Clayton Halunen, and client Heidi Weber will be featured in the August 31 episode of CBS’ new Whistleblower television series. Weber won a judgment in excess of $1 million in her 2013 civil court case claiming her former employer, …

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Clayton Halunen shared encouraging words about the day’s events and introduced a conversation about the NFL, NCAA and LGBTQ inclusion.
Historic Summit Brought Together Acclaimed LGBTQ Athletes, Coaches, and Professional Sports Leaders to Advance Inclusion and Respect in Sports

Event lineup included Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis, triathlete Chris Mosier, and former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe EAGAN, Minn.—(June 21, 2018) On Thursday, June 21, acclaimed LGBTQ athletes, professional sports team leaders and others convened for an unprecedented day-long summit focused on the critical importance of equity and inclusion in sports. LGBTQ thought-leaders, athletes, coaches, …

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Proposed Amendment Could Lead the Way, Providing Victims of Workplace Sexual Harassment a Clearer Legal Path

As an employment attorney, I’ve witnessed the courage it takes to bring a workplace sexual harassment claim forward, and the legal hurdles victims of sexual harassment in the workplace must clear in order to achieve justice. In late March, I was asked to share my professional perspective at the Minnesota House Subcommittee on Workplace Safety …

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Halunen Law – Number One: Basics about Gender Discrimination
Five Things Every Woman Should Know About Employment Law

Number One: Basics about Gender Discrimination Employment in Minnesota is at-will, unless you are in a union or have an employment contract. What this means is that your employer can terminate you at any time, for any reason, even if that reason is unfair or untrue. However, your employer cannot terminate you for an illegal …

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