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June 2016 Archives

Ways to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace

Since the 1960s, sexual harassment has been against the law, but that does not mean it has vanished in Minnesota or elsewhere in the U.S. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the eradication of sexual harassment relies substantially on prevention, including through policies and/or education.   

What is forced arbitration, and why does it matter?

When you reviewed your employment contract, you probably had to sign something that prevented you from going to court in the case of any type of employment dispute in Minnesota. This clause is often referred to as forced arbitration. Therefore, it is important that you understand what it is before you agree to it.

What happens if my employer doesn't pay my final wages?

Whether you decide to quit your job or are discharged by your employer, you still have the right to your final wages. Every state has particular guidelines in effect for the time period in which an employer must pay their employees or face penalties. In Minnesota, employers have up to 20 days after your final day of work to pay you your final wages, but it should occur on the next scheduled payday, according to the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. You should get your wages within 24 hours of asking in the case that you are fired or otherwise dismissed from your job.

Common misconceptions about workplace sexual harassment

Unfortunately, sexual harassment is an ongoing problem in workplaces throughout Minnesota and elsewhere. In fact, a 2015 survey by Cosmopolitan magazine of 2,235 women workers between 18 and 34-years-old found that approximately one out of every three has been the victim of workplace sexual harassment. Although this is a well-known issue, workers may not understand what constitutes sexual harassment on-the-job.

Executives file wrongful termination suits

Minnesota residents who apply for and accept jobs should be able to trust that they will be treated properly by their employers. This includes knowing that their civil rights will be fully protected and that their efforts will be appropriately recognized and rewarded. However, there are some times when disputes arise and owners or others at companies fail to do this. Even with at-will employment laws, there can be illegal reasons for firing employees.