EIGHTH CIRCUIT REQUIRES EMPLOYEES TO REASONABLY BELIEVE UNDERLYING CONDUCT IS ILLEGAL TO MAKE A CASE FOR RETALIATION

Colleen Auer’s tenure as city attorney for Minot, North Dakota, may have lasted only about a month, but it spurred not one, but three lawsuits and will definitely leave its mark on the Eighth Circuit. ...

Are You Prepared To Handle The #MeToo Movement In Your Workplace?

Months into the #MeToo movement, daily reports of high-profile sexual harassment complaints have led to a new question - are employers prepared to handle a harassment complaint?  Recent spotlights on failed investigations, inadequate employer responses,...

Supreme Court Provides Little Guidance to Employers Traversing the Juncture of Civil Rights and Freedom of Expression

At a time when there is little settled law on the issue of LGBTQ protections under federal or state laws, many were anxiously awaiting the Supreme Court’s ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd v. Colorado Civil...

Seventh Circuit Case Is Excellent Reminder of FMLA Best Practices

As an employer, how do you know when an employee’s illness or medical condition could give rise to a claim for mandatory medical leave, disability protections, or discrimination?  The answer, of course, is that you...