Employers often terminate employees without any valid reason and sometimes without a reason as well. And in Minnesota an employer can do that as it is an “at-will” employment state! But an employee can file a case against his/her employer when the reasons are illegal. And such terminations based on illegal reasons are considered wrongful. And for that an employee must know what all comes under illegal reasons well before filing a case. The illegal reasons include the following:
Firstly, if the termination is based on discrimination on the basis of race, age, sex, disability, or sexual orientation, according to both the Minnesota state law and Federal law employee can sue their employers for wrongful termination.
Secondly, if the reason for termination is retaliation or reprisal by an employer against an employee for making a complaint or report of discrimination then also as per Minnesota Human Rights Act and Title VII an employee can file a wrongful termination case against their employer.
Thirdly, if the termination is for retaliation for whistleblowing, as per the federal law and state law an employee can file a wrongful termination case against their employer.
Another illegal reason for termination is if an employer retaliates against an employee for exercising his or her Family and Medical Leave Act(FMLA) rights.
Also, when employers retaliate against employees who get injured on the job and seek workers compensation benefits, it is considered as an illegal and wrongful termination.
Hostile Work Environment
Sometimes, even though the employers do not terminate their employees, but create a hostile work environment that affects the employees mentally. And in such cases an employee can file a case against their employers. But many a time, this claim is misunderstood. Let us understand at what situations you can make such a claim.
In order to claim legally for hostile work environment in Minnesota your claim must be based on any discrimination made against you by your employer. For an instance, sexual harassment and unlawful discrimination based on race, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation can be claimed for the same.
Minimum Wage, Overtime, and Unlawful Deductions Claims
According to both Minnesota and the United States it is mandatory for the employers to pay minimum wage and pay time and a half for overtime work to their employees. Also, unlawful deductions from employee’s paychecks have been prohibited by Minnesota. The Fair Labor Standards Act and Minnesota Fair Labor Standards Act also prohibit retaliation by employers against employees for making reports of unlawful wage and hour practices.
And if you are facing any of the above mentioned employment related problems in Minnesota then immediately consult a courteous and experienced Minnesota employment lawyer without a delay.