Attorneys at Schaefer Halleen, LLC, have successfully recovered compensation for clients through individual and class action sexual harassment lawsuits.
Sexual Harassment Violates the Civil Rights Act
Sexual harassment is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. More than 40 years have gone by since the Act was passed, yet men and women continue to suffer, on a regular basis, from sexual harassment in all types of workplaces. Under Minnesota and federal law, two types of sexual harassment are recognized:
Quid pro quo harassment, where the individual’s submission to sexual advances or to conduct of a sexual nature is used as the basis for an employment decision such as hiring, promotion or pay. If an employee has submitted to such an advance, the employee still can file a claim against the employer.
Hostile work environment sexual harassment, where unwelcome sexual behavior on the part of an employer, supervisor, coworker, customer or client creates a hostile, intimidating work environment. A hostile work environment may be created by repeated sexual advances, demeaning sexual inquiries or vulgarities, offensive sexual language or behavior, the display of sexually offensive, explicit or sexist images, cartoons, calendars, literature, photos or graffiti.
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The Client: Over twenty female miners integrating a previously all-male worksite. Jenson v. Eveleth Mines, et al., a groundbreaking sexual harassment case depicted in the movie “North Country” starring Charlize Theron.
Problem: Subject to unrelenting sexual harassment with no support from management and active participation in harassment from foreman and supervisors.
Approach: Larry Schaefer prosecuted this case for over eight years as the first ever sexual harassment class-action, through every phase of litigation. Larry was one of three lead trial counsel in the first successfully prosecuted class action hostile environment sexual harassment case.
Solution: Case certified as first sexual harassment class ever certified; inadequate damage awards overturned on appeal and ultimately secured millions in settlement for class members, making new and important law at every step in process. The history of the case is chronicled in CLASS ACTION: The Story of Lois Jenson and the Landmark Case that Changed Sexual Harassment Law (Doubleday 2002) (C. Bingham, L. Gansler), and was the basis for the movie “North Country,” starring Charlize Theron.
The Client: Healthcare worker
Problem: Co-worker bullied client and put patients’ health at risk; employer ignored client’s reports of illegal and inappropriate conduct
Approach: While the employee continued to work for the employer, approached employer and negotiated client’s separation
Solution: Negotiated substantial exit package for client, which included provisions, designed to enhance client’s ability to find replacement work
Are You a Victim of Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment affects men and women in a variety of professions, ranging from college professors to grocery store clerks. Victims include both those personally harassed and anyone else in the workplace affected by the offensive conduct. If you have received, or have been distressed by, any unwelcome sexual conduct in your workplace, and your employer knew or should have known of the harassment and failed to take appropriate action, you may be entitled to a claim for economic loss and emotional distress.
Our success in pursuing sexual harassment claims on behalf of our clients is documented in our Results for Our Clients. If you would like to discuss your situation with one of our attorneys, please contact our Employment law firm in Minneapolis to arrange a free case evaluation. We will explain your legal position and help you make a well-informed decision about how to proceed. Contact Us >
Attorney Referrals and Legal Affiliations
Our attorneys welcome the opportunity to affiliate with other lawyers in sexual harassment and other areas of employment law, and have done so on numerous occasions, working with class action and individual rights lawyers nationwide. We also welcome referrals. If you are unsure about the class action potential and strategy for prosecution on a case, please feel free to contact our Minneapolis office and discuss the matter.
To discuss your case with a knowledgeable lawyer, please call 612-294-2600.
What Our Clients Say
Never once did I ever feel like I was all alone in my case or predicament. My lawyer and staff made me feel like I was fully supported and that the firm and staff was fully supportive of me. They were very honest and up front with me at all times, along with a very positive outlook on all the options available to me. Everyone was very helpful and showed concern. They would listen and in some cases would dig deeper into the conversation or communication to further understand just exactly wh...
Larry Schaefer was able to secure a significant severance for me after I was terminated from my Director-level position following two separate complaints of sex discrimination, after years of strong performance. He not only secured me significant compensation, but was able to have my termination reversed and re-characterized as a resignation (with a reference letter!) that made my ultimate transition to other similar employment much more possible.
As a Senior Human Resource Executive with a national employer with a significant local presence, I never thought that I’d need a lawyer to help me address sexual harassment and discrimination issues. When this occurred, I so glad that Larry Schaefer and Bert Black were available, and could advocate for me in a way that not only fully exposed the horrible sexually-motivated treatment I suffered, but did so in a way that convinced my former employer to make this right and provide me with tra...
I was shocked when a leading executive at a company I had devoted years to as an Executive Assistant began coming on to me in ways that made clear that I couldn’t keep my job if I didn’t acquiesce. Larry Schaefer not only got this conduct to stop, but was able to secure lasting change in my work environment, the removal of this executive, and the resumption of a career I valued so much.
Larry Scaefer and Peter Christian know employment law. I would not hesitate to refer or recommend them. Schaefer Halleen was an aggressive and zealous advocate for my co-plaintiff’s and my case. Both Peter Christian and Larry Schaefer were determined and aggressive to the correct wrongs that had been done plus protect my reputation.
After winning summary judgment, a fourth mediation followed and a favorable outcome advanced with an agreeable settlement. Throughout my case, Schaefer...
Recent Blog Posts
By Lawrence P. Schaefer | We get used to stories breaking every six months or so describing men in influential leadership positions being ousted by public awareness of past patterns of sexually harassing behavior. Six months ago, it was Bill O’Reilly, today Harvey Weinstein. In each instance, these men retained positions of great leadership and […]Read More
By Bert Black | The now infamous July 2017 Memo from a male Google engineer about the supposed limitations of women as techies and business leaders provides a fascinating glimpse into the gender bias that persists in corporate America. Often only veiled and implicit, this bias was all too explicit in the memo, which serves […]
By Lawrence P. Schaefer | I will be moderating a panel discussion, with three other experienced employment litigators, on tips for successfully litigating harassment claims in the May 21-22 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute. This blog summarizes the “tips” we intend to cover, which can make the difference between winning or losing these cases. The […]
By Jean Boler | One of the truly heartbreaking aspects of the New York Times’s recent expose’ of the harassment complaints against its popular, politically incorrect host Bill O’Reilly, was the vicious company attack mounted against each of the women who dared come forward with complaints. The “nuts and sluts” defense is, unfortunately, as old […]
Bill O’Reilly Termination Underscores Importance of Enforcing “Zero Tolerance” Policy Against Sexual Harassment
By Lawrence P. Schaefer | Twentieth Century Fox apparently succumbed to pressures from women advocacy organizations and the exodus of advertisers and fired its most successful host, Bill O’Reilly. The organization justified this termination based on its own “extensive” investigation conducted by outside counsel into the accusations made by the five women whose past sexual […]