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September 2016 Archives

What is the Americans with Disabilities Act?

If you have a physical or mental disability, then you have several important rights afforded to you thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, this key piece of legislature made it illegal for an employer in Minnesota to discriminate against you due to your disability. The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act of 2008 expanded the coverage, including adding certain conditions.

Wrongful termination involving national origin discrimination

In Minnesota, an employer does not have to have a reason to fire someone because it is an "at will" state. However, there remain some factors for which an employer cannot fire someone; otherwise, it is considered wrongful termination.

What laws protect against discrimination due to health problems?

A bought of the flu or the common cold might force you to take a sick day, but you typically will not worry about it impacting your job in the long run. However, if you have a more serious condition, you might be concerned over whether it could lead to workplace discrimination. There are some key laws in place to make sure that this does not happen if you work in Minnesota.

Employers held accountable for third party sexual harassment

Not all sexual harassment in the workplace involves coworkers or supervisors. In some instances in Minnesota, the harassment comes from a third party, such as customers, clients, vendors, consultants or other outsiders. However, no matter who performs the harassment, it remains the employer's role to protect the employee.

Can you be punished for not breaking the rules?

When you are working in Minnesota, you probably pay close attention to the rules to make sure you do not break them. This is due to the fact that if you break them, you will end up punished in some way. You might find yourself breaking small rules, such as wearing something slightly out of the dress code, but you know the ones that should never be broken. However, what if you were to be told to break the rules? If you refuse and work in the federal government, you might find yourself with no protection against retaliation, according to Government Executive.