Plymouth is the seventh largest city in Minnesota with a population of around 80,000. Originally inhabited by the Dakota people, Plymouth became a popular area of settlement for European immigrants in the 1800s. Medicine Lake was also a well-known tourist destination and offered recreation opportunities to the early settlers of the area. The residents of Plymouth have contributed significantly to Minnesota’s economy for centuries, first as farmers and, more recently, as employees of Medtronic, St. Jude Medical, and Honeywell.
Most employees enjoy their jobs and are treated well by their employers, but issues such as workplace discrimination, harassment, and retaliation inevitably occur from time to time. Employees in Plymouth turn to Schaefer Halleen’s attorneys when they’re in a fight for their rights.
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 and President/
Plymouth Employment Lawyers
Employees are protected by state and federal rights that take precedence over the employer’s business plans. The law dictates that you deserve to work in a safe and welcoming environment, and our employment lawyers agree. First and foremost, our employment discrimination attorneys in Plymouth are committed to protecting your rights. We’re passionate about the cases we take, and we’re confident we can win them.
Your employer should take claims of harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination seriously. With our seasoned team of attorneys by your side, your employer will be compelled to take action and offer an appropriate settlement or face a judge to answer for their wrongdoing.
Plymouth Workplace Discrimination Lawyers
Workplace discrimination can occur at any point in the employment process; you can even be discriminated against during the hiring process. Minnesota state and federal laws protect certain classes, including age, race, sex, sexual orientation, and pregnant or previously pregnant women. You cannot legally be discriminated against in the workplace because you belong to one or more of these classes. This means your employer cannot overlook you for certain opportunities, including being hired in the first place.
One common instance of discrimination occurs when an employee has taken a personal leave to which they are entitled by law (to have a baby, care for an ill spouse, or recover from a temporary disability) and aren’t well-received upon returning to work. Your employer cannot punish you for taking a leave or requiring accommodations due to your disability. If you feel discriminated against after returning to work, or at any point in your relationship with an employer, a Schaefer Halleen workplace discrimination lawyer in Plymouth can help you determine how to proceed.
Plymouth Severance Negotiation
When there has been conflict at work due to harassment, discrimination, or other wrongdoings by the employer, one or both parties may wish to negotiate a severance contract. The opportunity to negotiate your severance contract with your employer is a valuable one that doesn’t come around often. If you are moving on from a job after harassment, workplace discrimination, or wrongful termination and your employer is willing to discuss severance, contact Schaefer Halleen’s severance attorneys in Plymouth right away. With our team by your side, you’ll feel comfortable accepting or negotiating a severance offer that addresses both your personal needs and any wrongdoing by your employer.
Harassment At Work in Plymouth
Employees should feel safe and supported at work, not just when things are going right, but also when they are being subjected to harassment and other unsavory working conditions. If you’ve been the victim of verbal, physical, or sexual harassment and your employer has failed to take action, they are breaking the law and failing their duty to keep you safe at work.
Harassment comes in many forms but is broadly considered any action that makes the target feel uncomfortable or unsafe. Not everyone sees harassment in the same way. What one employee thinks are acceptable comments about another’s appearance may actually be threatening and uncomfortable. However, this is never an excuse to continue the behavior, nor is it an acceptable defense of the perpetrator’s actions. Employers have a duty to address this harassment promptly or face legal repercussions.
Our attorneys stand with victims of harassment in the workplace. We’ll help you bring to light this unacceptable behavior, even if your employer is trying to cover it up.
If you’ve faced harassment, discrimination, or retaliation in the workplace and would like to take legal action, contact Schaefer Halleen’s Plymouth employment law attorneys right away. We have a proven track record representing mistreated employees of both small and large companies in Minnesota. Contact us at our locally-based law office by calling 612-294-2600.
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.
When employees lose their jobs, one of their biggest worries is how they will afford to pay for their healthcare and that of their family. Ordinarily, most employees who lose their jobs are able to ma...