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May 2016 Archives

Can you be “let go” from your job if you are pregnant?

Like many pregnant women in Minnesota, you probably hold a job. This can be challenging as you try to adjust to the physical effects of pregnancy while still performing your duties. You may be having problems with back pain, nausea or vomiting. At Neaton & Puklich PLLP, we are often approached by women in your situation who ask if they can be let go from their job due to their pregnancy status.

Limitations in non-compete agreements

Employers in Minnesota and throughout the country may ask employees to sign a non-compete disclosure as part of the hiring process. These agreements restrict employees from engaging in business with the company’s competition, as reported by the U.S. Department of Treasury. The terms of the document often prohibit employees from disclosing private company information to a competitive source, going to work for a competitive company or starting a new company that directly competes with the employer. While a company cannot force an employee or potential employee to sign a non-compete agreement, employers can choose to not hire someone who does not want to sign the document. There are some limitations, however, in the enforcement of these agreements.

Sexual harassment allegations made in lawsuit against snowboarder

People who take a job in Minneapolis have the right to work in a place that is safe and free from harassment. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission states that to prove sexual harassment, employees must show that they did not encourage the other person’s behavior. This behavior can include verbal or physical harassment that targets the person’s sex, direct solicitation of sexual acts or making sexual overtures. The harasser can be male or female, and it does not always involve two people of different sexes.

Are you the victim of age discrimination in Minnesota?

Financial difficulties have prompted many people to push retirement back by a few years in order to add to savings and prolong the moment when they become dependent on a fixed income. If you are currently in this situation in Minnesota, finding yourself without a job before you are ready could have devastating consequences. State laws do provide some protection against age-related discrimination, though, and evaluating these can be helpful in determining whether you are the victim of wrongful termination.