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Frequently Asked Questions About Employment Law

Answers to Questions About Minnesota Employment Law

Neff Law Firm, P.A., has provided answers to frequently asked Minnesota employment law questions for over 27 years. Neff Law Firm, P.A.'s, Minnesota employment law attorneys represent employees in a wide variety of employment-related legal claims, including wrongful termination, retaliation for whistleblowing, discrimination, harassment, retaliatory discharge, violation of FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act), violation of OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), disparate treatment and impact, tortious interference with contract, breach of employment contract and fraud. A Minneapolis employment law attorney can answer legal questions on employee rights matters and provide legal help for employees. These experienced employment law attorneys know the new employment laws and how to use them to help and protect employees in Minnesota and welcome the opportunity to meet in person to answer questions on Minnesota employment law.

To discuss your employment law concern with an experienced Minneapolis lawyer and get answers to your employment law questions, contact Neff Law Firm, P.A. These employment lawyers are experienced in answering questions about Minnesota employment law. To learn more about employment law, please review the FAQs below.

What Is Employment At Will?

Employment at-will is a doctrine that either the employer or employee can end the employment relationship at any time for any reason. There are however, limitations on an employer's actions toward an employee. In some circumstances, firing, termination, or other adverse employment action specifically violates an employee's legal rights.

If I Reported a Violation of Law to My Employer, Does the Law Provide Any Protection for Me?

Yes, a person who reports a suspected violation of law to an employer may have legal protection. For example, under Minnesota law there is protection for whistleblowers.

What Is a Qui Tam Action?

Qui Tam actions can be brought under the federal False Claims Act and are based on a person who informs the government of violations of law. These laws generally allow a qualified informant to receive a part of any recovery and/or penalty imposed upon a person or entity that violates the law. Some states also have laws similar to the federal False Claims Act.

Does a Corporate Officer Have Legal Protection Against Discrimination in the Workplace?

Yes, a corporate officer is afforded protection against discrimination. Laws such as the Minnesota Human Rights Act, Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and other federal laws, protect employees against discrimination such as age, sex, race, gender, disability, pregnancy, national origin and religion.

What Is the Family Medical Leave Act?

The Family Medical Leave Act provides protection and unpaid leave for family and medical purposes to eligible employees. Under the FMLA, a protected employee can take a leave of absence to care for his or her own serious medical condition or to care for an immediate family member with a serious medical condition. Not all employers are covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Whether or not your employer is covered depends on the size of the employer in addition to other criteria. Even when an employer is covered under the Act, not all employees will be provided protection. Whether or not an employee is covered depends on how long the employee has worked for the employer as well as the number of hours the employee has worked during the applicable period of time.

What Is vicarious liability?

Vicarious liability is a doctrine that makes an employer liable for damage that one employee may cause to another employee.

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 Title VII of the Civil Rights Act?

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

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.

Contact an employment rights lawyer at Neff Law Firm, P.A., to discuss your employment-related legal concern. Flexible appointment times are available at both the Roseville and Edina law offices.

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