Employment law in Minnesota is intended to protect workers against unlawful discrimination, sexual harassment and other violations of their civil rights. Employers are required to follow these laws and support employees who do the right thing. However, there are situations in which this simply does not happen. Sometimes, situations are bad enough that an employee’s contract is terminated or a person is otherwise fired.
While most employment is at-will that means at-will termination can happen. However, that does not mean that all such terminations are legal. Wrongful termination is illegal. Some examples of wrongful discharge may include:
- A woman who requests maternity leave to care for her newly adopted baby is let go of her job responsibilities.
- An employee is fired after filing a workers’ compensation claim because of injuries sustained in an on-the-job accident.
- After finding out that a particular employee is gay, a company terminates that person’s employment.
- Following a period of service in the military, a man returns home to learn that he no longer has a job.
- An employee who made known the inappropriate actions of another employee or a company manager loses his or her job.
These situations may be examples of wrongful dismissal based upon discrimination, whistleblowing, exercising the right to leave or serve the country. It is true that determining what is wrongful termination and what is legal termination can sometimes be difficult.
You can get more information about what may constitute wrongful termination in Minnesota and what you can do by visiting our website.