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Hold On, I’ll Have to Check with My Husband

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Can you be fired if your spouse works with one of your competitors?  The jury is still out.  Literally. In Minnesota Court of Appeals case of April Aase v. Wapiti Meadows Community Technologies & Services, Inc., et ...

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MN Supreme Court Declares that Employees Need Not Specifically Reference the Minnesota Parenting Leave Act when They Seek the Protections provided by It

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Employees are only required to identify a qualifying reason for leave under the Minnesota Parenting Leave Act (“MPLA”).  Extending MPLA leave does not automatically extend an Employee’s right to Reinstatement. In a ...

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MN Supreme Court Expands Meaning of Hostile Work Environment Under MHRA

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A hostile work environment claim under the Minnesota Human Rights Act (“MHRA”) may be based on harassing conduct that is based on sex, even if the offending conduct is not sexual.  In a case released last week by the ...

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Can I Write You a Check?

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Another employer-friendly case came down from the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals last week.  In Leslie Luster v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., a terminated Wells Fargo employee brought a racial discrimination claim against it ...

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To Accommodate or Not To Accommodate

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Come On, Let’s Be Reasonable An interesting case came down earlier this week from the Minnesota Court of Appeals.  In Melanie Michael v. Education Management Corporation, a former sonography student brought a disability ...

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Act Fast, This Is A Limited Time Offer

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That’s what Karl Bjorkman (“Bjorkman”) probably learned the hard way on October 31, 2011, when the Minnesota Court of Appeals issued its opinion affirming the district court’s dismissal of his breach of contract and ...

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Pay Attention! You Are Being Sued.

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In the case of Chapman v. Burton, et al., the Minnesota Court of Appeals provided yet another harsh example of what can happen when you ignore a Complaint, and believe that someone else is “taking care of ...

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Plead It With Particularity

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In a recent post, I summarized the Eighth Circuit case, Semi-Materials Co., Ltd. v. MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc., et al., in which two words in a contract were found to be “ambiguous,” compelling the court to remand ...

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Words Matter, Choose Them Wisely

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In the recently decided case of Semi-Materials Co., Ltd. v. MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc., et al., the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reminded us that the words businesses choose when entering into a ...

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Didn’t I Say to Get it in Writing?!

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In my April 19, 2011, blog post, I talked about the importance of putting agreements in writing.  This was so the terms of the agreement would be clear to both parties, and if there was dispute later on, one party would be ...

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