Employment laws can seem confusing, and there are a lot of them. We've compiled some resources to help you better understand the basics
Employment Discrimination Resources
Simply put, employment discrimination is treating an employee differently because of their membership in a "protected class" - and it's illegal under federal and state law. In Minnesota, protected classes include race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, disability, receipt of public assistance, military status, and age. In most cases, to be illegal discrimination, there must be a change in a term or condition of the employee's job. This can mean termination, but it doesn't have to be that extreme. It can also mean severe or pervasive on-the-job harassment, refusing an accommodation, denying a promotion, lower pay, and other adverse actions. Click on the links below for more information about workplace discrimination.
Retaliation Discrimination Resources
Retaliation is when an employer or individual intimidates or takes adverse action against someone because they reported what they believed to be discrimination or other illegal conduct. It also can occur when an employer retaliates against someone for requesting job accommodation. Multiple federal and state laws prohibit retaliation. Click on the links below for more information about some of the anti-retaliation laws we deal with most frequently at Smith Law.
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If you're an employee or former employee suffering from discrimination or retaliation; a small businesses owner seeking assistance with employee handbooks, policy and form drafting and review, employment counseling, or internal investigations; or an employment law firm seeking experienced legal support, Smith Law is here to help.