Employers in Minneapolis, and other U.S. cities, generally have the ability to hire and fire employees at will. That being said, however, employment law does stipulate that company policies regarding the termination of workers must be enforced uniformly for all employees, both male and female.
A woman in Michigan reportedly claims that her former employer, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF), violated her employee rights through illegal workplace discrimination. According to reports, the woman claims that she was fired from her position because she and her husband decided to divorce. The problem, she claims, is that she was fired while at least two male coworkers that she knows of, who had similar situations, were permitted to continue working for IVCF.
Although the Christian nonprofit organization reportedly has policies regarding employees separating and divorcing from their spouses, neither is specifically prohibited. The woman argues that she met every requirement outlined in those policies, including taking a paid leave of absence, regularly reporting to her superiors regarding the status of her marriage and participating in counseling sessions, and yet still, her employment was terminated. According to reports, she has filed a lawsuit for wrongful termination on the basis that she held to different standards than her male coworkers.
If you feel that your employer has violated your civil rights as an employee, or has committed some other type of employment law violation, it may be of benefit to consult with an experienced attorney to discuss the possibility of taking legal action. A lawyer can offer advice based on the specifics of your situation, as well as answer any questions that you may have.
Source: MI Live, “Broken marriage led to woman’s unfair firing at Christian nonprofit, lawsuit claims”, John Agar, Oct. 10, 2013