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When you’re taking on your employer, our employment law attorneys are in the fight with you.

You can take all the right steps at your job, but when your employer sidesteps the law, you deserve justice. Whether it’s wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, or whistleblower retaliation, we make sure your voice is heard. Our team of Minneapolis-based employment law attorneys has a proven record of success.



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Labor and employment laws cover a broad area at the federal, state, and local levels, including:

  • Discrimination laws
  • Safety standards
  • Wage and hour violations
  • The Family Medical Leave Act
  • Healthcare plans
  • Protections against sexual harassment
  • Whistleblower retaliation

There are several different federal, state, and local agencies that handle these workplace issues. This can make it confusing for workers trying to figure out what steps to take when they believe they have been mistreated. Halunen Law’s team of Minneapolis-based employment and labor lawyers has experience challenging employers across the nation—and the expertise to help you get the justice you deserve.


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Workplace Sexual Harassment Attorneys

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Workplace Sexual Assault Lawyers Minneapolis

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Executive Employment Lawyers MN

Employment Attorneys for Executives in Minnesota, and Across the Country Executives in Minnesota turn to Employment Lawyers from Halunen Law …

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Employment Lawyers For Medical Professionals

Lawyers Fighting for Medical and Mental Health Professionals in Minnesota Halunen Law is privileged to represent physicians, pharmaceutical reps, licensed …

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Employment Lawyers For Women Professionals

Employment Lawyers For Women Professionals in Minnesota From Entry-level Professional Positions to C-Suite Roles, Women Professionals are Entitled to Equal …

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Workplace Retaliation

Organizations don’t always do the right thing. Sometimes it’s up to employees to bring issues to their attention. Under state and federal laws, employers are forbidden from punishing workers or applicants for speaking up and asserting their rights under the law. Retaliation can take many forms, such as:

  • Termination
  • Demotion or transfer to a less desirable job
  • Verbal or physical abuse
  • Denying benefits and opportunities
  • Increased scrutiny
  • Making the job purposefully more difficult
  • Giving a poor performance review when it is undeserved

Employees who file a complaint or participate in a complaint process are protected from retaliation. If you come to us before reporting illegal conduct, our employment law attorneys can help minimize potential negative reactions and set you up to be protected under the law. If you have already reported illegal conduct, we can help you recognize whether retaliation has occurred and developed a plan to address it.

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Whistleblower Retaliation

Responsible workers are the public’s best means for discovering illegal conduct committed by managers, executives, corporations, and other entities. Employees who report unlawful actions by their employer may face harassment, unfair treatment, or termination as a result of their report. Unfortunately, there are also more subtle retaliation methods. They include:

  • Being subjected to an unsafe work environment
  • Demotion
  • Verbal or physical abuse
  • Denial of promotions, benefits, or bonuses
  • Suspension

Several federal laws, which include the Whistleblower Protection Act and Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, are in place to protect employees who are brave enough to speak up and do the right thing. There are also other federal and state laws depending on the circumstances, industry, and jurisdiction that may apply. If you believe you’ve been targeted because you filed a complaint against your employer for violating the law, you should speak with one of our employment law lawyers, who might be able to recover compensation.

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Wrongful Termination

Losing your job unexpectedly can cause financial difficulties and undue amounts of stress. Although some states have a public policy or other exceptions, all 50 states in the U.S are at-will employment states. This means that you can be fired whether your workplace has cause or for no cause at all for your termination. However, if your employment was terminated for an unlawful reason, which includes reasons such as discrimination or in retaliation for whistleblowing, you may have grounds for a claim.

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Workplace Discrimination

Prejudice in the workplace can result in discrimination, affecting every aspect of a worker’s job, including how much they are paid, whether promotions are denied, and how work assignments are made. Discrimination during the hiring and firing process, as well as during training opportunities and other benefit decisions, is also a violation of state and federal law.

Employers who segregate employees, deny them equal opportunities, refuse to hire or terminate an individual based on their skin color, sex, race, religion, or national origin are in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

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There are additional statutes that protect workers against specific types of discrimination under other date and federal laws, including:

  • Equal Pay/Gender Equality
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Pregnancy/Family Responsibility
  • Marital Status

Misclassification of Employees

The way your employer classifies your position can affect certain legal rights, including overtime pay. By misclassifying employees, they can avoid certain responsibilities, including overtime pay. Generally, employers have three options to categorize their workers:


Workers who earn more than $684 per week and are paid as a salaried employee are generally considered exempt, although there may be exceptions. If you have an exempt position, you are likely not protected by the FLSA, nor are you entitled to overtime pay.

Misclassification of Employees


Employees in positions categorized as non-exempt may be entitled to overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours in a single workweek. The hourly wage and the amount you earn per week does not determine whether you are eligible for overtime.

Independent Contractors

Workers who perform the same duties as an employee but are not classified as employees are independent contractors. The FLSA doesn’t protect individuals holding this type of position. They are not entitled to workers’ compensation or unemployment and must handle their own taxes.

Non-Compliance with Overtime Laws

Professionals who earn at least $684 per week, including administrators, executives, certain salespersons, farm employees and others, are exempt from the overtime laws. However, some employees, such as nurses, are entitled to overtime compensation. The FLSA addresses standards related to overtime pay. It is set at 1.5 times that of the regular hourly rate if an employee works more than 40 hours in a week.

Failure to Meet Minimum Wage Requirements

While the Federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 per hour, each state may vary. For example, in Arizona, it’s $12.80; in Illinois, it’s $12.00; and in Minnesota, as of July 2022, it’s between $10.33 and $15.00, depending on location and the size of the employer. Employers who fail to pay the minimum wage required in their state may leave themselves open to a lawsuit. They may also be in violation of the FLSA, depending on the situation.

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Employment Discrimination Attorneys MN

What to Do When You Experience Discrimination Proving discrimination can be challenging. It is helpful to consult with an employment …

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Whistleblower Retaliation Attorneys

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Workplace Sexual Harassment Attorneys

Minnesota-Based Employment Lawyers Fighting for Employees Who Have Been Sexually Harassed Sexual harassment includes any unwelcome sexual comments, sexual advances, …

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Employment Law FAQ

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Wrongful Termination Lawyers in Minnesota

WHAT IS WRONGFUL TERMINATION? Although you can be fired for no reason, your employment cannot be terminated unlawfully. From a …

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Halunen Law Employment Lawyers

Employment law is complex, and you need legal counsel that knows how to navigate the legal process and who is successful in the courtroom.

Our Minnesota-based lawyers have nationwide employment and labor law expertise, and understand that employers may claim they have a legitimate reason for the actions they took against you. We can explain your options, evaluate your claim, and guide you through the legal process. At Halunen Law, we have years of trial experience and work to protect the rights of our clients. If you have been unfairly treated and want to learn more about your rights, contact us today or call 866-523-8533 to schedule a free consultation with our employment law attorneys.



Can I be terminated from my job? How can I protect myself?

Expert legal advice can help you navigate next steps if you think you are about to be wrongfully terminated or believe your employer is discriminating or retaliating against you. The employment law and labor-focused lawyers at Halunen Law are available to consult with you on what your rights are and strategies to protect them.

What does at-will employment mean?

“Employment at-will” means that an employer can terminate an employee at any time for any reason or no reason—except an illegal one—without violating the law. Illegal reasons include, for example, terminating an employee because of gender, age, race, or disability, or for reporting unlawful conduct in the workplace. “Employment at-will” also means an employee is free to leave a job at any time for any or no reason without any adverse legal consequences.

If I file a lawsuit, how long will that take?

If you have to “litigate” your case (file a formal court complaint that describes what happened and your legal claims), the process typically takes between nine months to a year and a half from filing the formal complaint through trial. If your case is appealed, or there are other delays, it can take longer. Some employment cases settle early, before a complaint is even filed.

What is the likelihood that my case will settle?

Every case is different and must be evaluated by your employment law attorney based on the particular facts and circumstances of your situation. That said, about 95% of our cases are resolved before trial.

If my case is successful, what damages will my employer have to pay?

The damages awarded to you depend on the claims filed and the harm you’ve experienced. Damages can include compensation for past and future wage loss (which is directly related to the money you made in your job), and the emotional pain and suffering caused by your employer. Halunen Law is ready to evaluate your potential claims, explain available damages, and discuss your options. We are experienced employment law attorneys and represent employees on a contingency basis.

Get your important legal questions answered.

Our experienced employment and whistleblower lawyers offer a free, confidential consultation to all potential clients. If we take your case, there is no cost unless we win.

When you contact our law firm, one of our Intake Specialists will be your first significant point of contact. Well-versed in Halunen Law’s practice areas, these professionals will listen to your concerns or review your submitted form and direct your inquiry accordingly. Call us today at 612-605-4098 or fill out the Case Review form using the link below.

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