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Has Your Workplace Been Conducting Unlawful Drug or Alcohol Testing?

In the United States, 56% of employers require drug and alcohol testing as part of their hiring process. And as many as 70% may require a drug or alcohol test at some point during employment. While there are many good reasons why these tests might be necessary, there are also many employers who misuse their prerogative and… Read more »

Is Your Workplace Legally a Hostile Work Environment, or Just Hostile?

Minnesota Employment Law Attorneys There are bad bosses everywhere. Bosses who micromanage, hurl insults, or create unreasonable schedules. At best, they are incompetent and just bad at being bosses. At worst, these abuses can be the symptoms of targeted workplace hostility. And it’s not always bosses. People don’t get along with their coworkers all the… Read more »

What Is Pregnancy Discrimination?

Minnesota Employment Discrimination Attorneys Though most people think about skin color when they think about discrimination, the truth is that it can come in many forms. Many people feel like they are treated differently because of who they are, including their age, religion, and sexual orientation. In fact, many women feel discriminated against due to… Read more »

5 Steps To Take When Offered a Severance/Separation Package

Minnesota Employment Law Attorney Have you ever been offered a severance or separation package? If so, you probably know how this can be devastating and especially when you’ve been at a company for many years. When this occurs, it’s critical that you stay calm and make the right choices even if your employer is pressuring… Read more »

5 Types of Marital Status Discrimination in the Workplace in Minnesota

Minnesota Employment Law Attorneys In the US, we strongly believe that independent adults have the right to build their own personal lives. To date, marry, have kids, raise pets, and develop hobbies without these things impacting our professional careers. Even though employers can employ us ‘at will’ and fire us without cause, we also have… Read more »

What Are Your Rights as an Employer

Minneapolis & St. Paul Employer Rights Lawyer If you have employees, you need to know what your employee’s rights are. They deserve a safe place to work that is free from harassment. They can also seek legal representation if they feel like they aren’t being treated fairly. While most people only think about employee’s rights,… Read more »

USERRA and Service Member Employment Law

In a democracy with a volunteer armed services, the goal is for citizen-soldiers to serve when needed, and then return to their civilian lives and careers. Employment law specific to service members helps protect this right to both serve and return to civilian life without penalty. USERRA is the acronym for Uniformed Service Employment and Reemployment Act…. Read more »