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What is a “constructive discharge”?

If an employee resigns because an employer has created intolerable working conditions and refused to address the issues, the employee may be able to sue for constructive discharge and apply for unemployment benefits.

What is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act?

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act is the federal law providing protection against discrimination to certain classes of people.

Is there any law that protects against sexual harassment?

Yes, there are both state and federal laws that protect against sexual harassment. Both the Minnesota Human Rights Act and federal Title VII prohibit sexual harassment, which is a form of sexual discrimination.

What type of behavior can be considered to be sexual harassment at the workplace?

Behavior at the workplace that may be found to be sexual harassment includes physical and/or verbal communication of a sexual nature where the recipient is required to submit to it or submission is a factor in decisions affecting the employment of the victim or the behavior has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with the recipient’s employment.

What is a hostile work environment?

A determination of whether there is a hostile work environment is based on a review of the workplace and its impact on an employee. These are case-specific questions an attorney can only answer after receiving detailed information from the employee.

What is “age discrimination”?

If you are 40 years of age or older, and you have been harmed by a decision affecting your employment, you may have suffered unlawful age discrimination. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) is a federal law that protects individuals 40 years of age or older from employment discrimination. The Older Workers Benefit Protection Act of 1990 (OWBPA) amended the ADEA to specifically prohibit employers from denying benefits to older employees. While an older worker is also covered by several other workplace laws, these are the main federal laws, which specifically protect older workers against discrimination based on age.

What is “wrongful termination”?

Wrongful termination means that you were fired without legal cause. In addition, one of the following conditions must apply:

  • You had an explicit or implied contract indicating permanent employment
  • You were discriminated against based on a protected characteristic, such as race, age, gender or sexual orientation
  • You experienced retribution because you exposed your employer’s wrongdoing.

If these circumstances apply, you may be able to bring a wrongful termination lawsuit against your employer. Be aware, however, that courts favor a strict interpretation of the laws surrounding these actions.

What Minnesota Statute applies to workplace discrimination?

Unfair discriminatory practices in employment are prohibited by Minn. Stat. § 363A.08.

What is the ADEA?

The ADEA is the Age Discrimination Employment Act. This is federal law that provides protection for age-related employment discrimination.

What is the Minnesota Human Rights Act?

The Minnesota Human Rights Act provides protection against discrimination in employment. It is a violation of Minnesota’s Human Rights Act to discriminate against an employee based on race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

Is an employer legally liable for harassment by one of its supervisors?

Yes, an employer may be found liable for sexual harassment of an employee by one of its supervisors.

What are some examples of the type of actual behavior that might be considered to be sexual harassment of an employee?

An employee who, at the workplace, experiences undesired sexually directed advances, propositions for sexual favors, physical touching that is sexually motivated or verbal communications of a sexual nature that the recipient either must endure as part of keeping the job or otherwise may create a hostile working environment.