We fight to protect workers’ rights. Empowering Clients. Advancing Justice.
The Minneapolis law firm of Schaefer Halleen focuses on protecting employee rights. We give a voice to victims of workplace misconduct. We are honored that our clients trust us to counsel them through the litigation process dealing with discrimination and employment law in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We commit to apply the full breadth of our experience, skill, and creativity toward a satisfactory resolution of each case we take. Contact us for a confidential consultation about your legal problem. We will help you solve it.
My clients inspire me every day. It’s a privilege to help victims of illegal workplace conduct move past this trauma and have their dignity and self-worth restored, while holding the offending employer accountable.”
-Lawrence P. Schaefer, Owner, Partner and President
COVID-19 Resources for Employees
COVID-19 has created a unique and different workplace. As employee advocates, we want you to know what your rights are during this unprecedented time.
The American Rescue Plan Act allows employers to voluntarily extend emergency paid sick leave (EPSL) and emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA) provisions of the Families First Coro...
The Covid-19 Delta variant has put a big crimp in pandemic recovery, and driven many employers to require employees to get vaccinated. To the extent reasonably possible, employers must accommodate t...
At least six workers at the Tyson Foods pork processing plant in Waterloo, Iowa died from COVID, and eventually Tyson shut the plant down. Last year surviving family members of four of the workers s...
Blog Series on Employment Contracts for MN Doctors
Here’s our take on the most important employment contract issues facing MN Physicians.
- Why Doctors Should Seek Legal Advice on Their Employment Contracts
- Contract Law Fundamentals for Doctors
- Promises Doctors and Employers Exchange in Their Contracts
- What Doctors’ Contracts Say About Termination and Severance
- Malpractice Insurance, Non-Competes, and Secrecy Provisions in Doctor’s Contracts
- What Their Contracts Say About Disagreements Between Doctors and Their Employers
Minnesota Executives Face Unique Employment Issues
As an executive, your employment legal needs can be complicated. Here is content we have created just for you:
Workplace Discrimination Lawyers in Minneapolis
Minneapolis workplace discrimination lawyers Schaefer Halleen understand that discrimination remains a significant problem in the workplace. Discrimination based on age, race, national origin, gender, gender identity, disability, religion, sexual orientation, family or marital status, and other protected areas will always remain a significant focus for us because these problems persist in the workplace despite state-of-the-art training and policies.
Minnesota Employment Retaliation Lawyers
The Minnesota employment retaliation lawyers at Schaefer Halleen understand that workplace retaliation takes many forms, and can sometimes be difficult to prove. It’s human, however, to want “revenge” against someone who complains about you. Employers often want to “punish” the whistleblower. Judges understand employment retaliation best when it is explained in these simple terms.
Minnesota Physician and Executive Employment Contracts
Minnesota executive employment contracts, including contracts which cover physicians, require the involvement, advice and advocacy of experienced Minnesota employment law attorneys. Schaefer Halleen employment lawyers in Minneapolis have deep experience in all areas of negotiating and finalizing these contracts.
Minneapolis Sexual Harassment Discrimination Lawyers
The Minneapolis sexual harassment discrimination lawyers at Schaefer Halleen understand that the recent #MeToo movement is just the beginning of a cultural awakening about how pervasive sexual harassment and even sexual assault remains in the workplace. Let us be your advocate against sexual harassment in the workplace.
Disability + Leave Discrimination Attorneys in MPLS
The Minneapolis disability and leave discrimination lawyers at Schaefer Halleen understand that employees with disabilities, or who require leave, need the full protection of the law.
Minnesota Wrongful Termination Lawyers
The Minnesota wrongful termination lawyers at Schaefer Halleen know how enforcing employment rights is not at all inconsistent with the “employment at will” doctrine.
Employment Class Action Attorney in Minneapolis
The Minneapolis class action attorneys at Schaefer Halleen understand that a class case is often the best avenue to achieve justice for our clients and a change in illegal employment practices. When systemic discrimination, pay, and/or overtime practices occur, just one individual, with the right legal counsel, can proceed to represent the larger class of affected employees in litigation. This truly “levels the playing field” in litigation, and can be a vehicle to achieve lasting change. We welcome the opportunity to prosecute these claims, and have the experience to navigate through every step of the class action process.
Founder Larry Schaefer, as well as senior attorneys Darren Sharp, and Bert Black, all have deep experience in successfully prosecuting often ground-breaking class action claims. Larry Schaefer and Jean Boler worked together for years in leading the prosecution of the first ever sexual harassment case certified as a class action, Jenson et al. v. Eveleth Mines, which was later made into the acclaimed movie North Country. Our Minneapolis employment law attorneys have the experience, and reputation, of seeing a class action through every step of the litigation process, if necessary.
The employment class action attorneys at Schaefer Halleen also know how to develop the evidence of a pattern of discrimination throughout an organization, often through the use of statistical experts, when necessary. This expertise is critically important not just when prosecuting class action claims, but also when developing #MeToo evidence in support of individual or group discrimination claims. We also welcome the opportunity to co-counsel with other firms in these cases, and can assist in ensuring that all necessary resources are brought to bear when prosecuting these claims. Feel free to contact us for a free consultation about whether your case can be successfully prosecuted as a class action. Learn more >
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