Employment law is a broad subject area that includes: wrongful termination, severance, sexual harassment, workplace discrimination, hostile work environment, whistleblower protections, wage and hour regulations, medical leave, retaliation, and more.
Minnesota Employment Lawyer
Employment laws are complicated and often changing. I help bring clarity, sense, and direction to employment disputes. I advise and advocate for those who seek to be fair and honorable in the employment relationship, including: employees, employers, executives, and entrepreneurs. I practice in state and federal court in Minnesota and beyond.
What is Minnesota employment law?
In addition to any contracts an employee may have with their employer directly or through a union, the employment relationship is affected by state and federal law. For example:
What is Minnesota employment law regarding discrimination and harassment?
Some federal laws that prohibit employment discrimination include:
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits state and federal governments and employers from unlawfully discriminating based on race/color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and national origin.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Rehabilitation Act bar irrational discrimination based on disability.
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits certain age discrimination.
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) prohibits discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.
The Equal Pay Act (EPA) prohibits sex-based wage discrimination against men and women who perform substantially equal work.
Numerous state and local laws also protect employees from discrimination. For example:
The Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, martial status, status with regard to public assistance, familial status, membership or activity in a local commission, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and age.
The Minnesota Equal Pay Act prohibits discrimination in wages paid to employees based on sex.
The Minnesota Age Discrimination Act prohibits private sector employers from refusing to hire or employ, or to discharge, dismiss, or demote a person on the basis that he or she has reached an age of less than 70, except as explicitly authorized by statute, rule, or law.
The Minnesota Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace Act (DATWA) regulates drug and alcohol testing for job applicants and employees.
What is Minnesota employment law regarding wages, benefits, and leaves?
There are a tapestry of federal, state, and local laws that regulate how employers must pay employees and provide certain benefits and leaves. These laws can vary significantly by state and even by city, and also depend on the size of the employer. They govern minimum wage, tips, overtime, salary v. hourly classification, employee v. independent contractor classification, time off of work for medical and other reasons, health insurance, and more. Employers who run afoul of these laws can face significant monetary liability, including being required to pay interest and penalties to dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of employees.
Examples of these laws include:
The Fair Labor Standards Act establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, record-keeping, and youth employment standards. State laws such as the Minnesota Payment of Wages Act and the Minnesota Fair Labor Standards Act also establish rules governing how and when employees are paid.
The Family Medical Leave Act protects employees from losing their jobs and benefits in the event that they need to take leave from their job for certain family and medical reasons. Similarly, Minnesota's new Family and Medical Leave Law (effective Jan 1, 2026) will provide for paid leave for family and medical reasons for up to 20 weeks per year.
What is Minnesota employment law regarding retaliation and whistleblowers?
There are many laws that prohibit employers from unlawfully retaliating against employees who engage in legally protected conduct. For example, the anti-discrimination laws mentioned above also prohibit employers from retaliating against people who oppose violations of those laws. Taking medical leave, pursuing workers' compensation benefits, and opposing unlawful wage practices are also examples of protected conduct for which an employer may not retaliate.
Employers are also barred from retaliating against employees who "blow the whistle" on other kinds of illegal conduct. Furthermore, a number of laws also provide monetary incentives to whistleblowers who expose fraud, such as the federal False Claims Act and the Minnesota False Claims Act.
What is Minnesota employment law regarding severance and non-compete agreements?
On February 21, 2023, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) delivered a decision impacting a large percentage of non-supervisory employees in the United States. The decision holds that employers cannot offer severance agreements that restrict employees' rights under the National Labor Relations Act by including confidentiality and non-disparagement provisions.
In Minnesota, the use of non-compete agreements will be almost entirely banned as of July 1, 2023.
What are constitutional protections for government employees who work in Minnesota?
Provisions of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution protect government employees from being unlawfully discriminated against and/or having their job taken without due process of law. The First Amendment also guarantees certain freedom of speech and provides protection against retaliation by government employers.
Dedicated Representation for Employees and Employers
Employment law consists of various statutes and rules that are often unknown by employees and employers alike. This is why it is important to have knowledgeable legal counsel on your side who knows how to successfully navigate this area of the law.
Attorney Joshua Newville, based out of Minneapolis, has extensive experience in labor and employment law matters. You can count on Josh as your experienced employment lawyer in Minnesota to handle your employment law case with the intelligent and vigorous representation you deserve. Josh is knowledgeable of federal and Minnesota state employment laws. He can develop a personalized strategy to help you achieve the best result in your situation.
At Newville PLC, Josh handles various aspects of employment law, including protecting employee rights and advising employers who wish to comply with the law. He listens to you and can give you the voice you need and deserve when you are dealing with workplace misconduct. Whether the issue involves a job termination or another employment matter, Josh is committed to applying his full breath of skills, experience, and creativity toward achieving a successful and beneficial outcome for you in your case.
Newville PLC is ready to evaluate your case and discuss your legal options. It can be challenging to find the best employment law firm for your case. Consider the knowledge and experience employment attorney Joshua Newville brings to the table.
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