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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Appeals / Appellate Law and Civil Rights for Minnesota on
Q: my general manager held his office door shut preventing me from leaving.

my unemployment benefits are being withheld.

Paul Lelii
Paul Lelii answered on Oct 25, 2020

I hope your okay physically due to your manager's aggressive behavior. I suggest you contact law enforcement to report the facts to them in addition to making it known to your employer in writing as to what happened. Tell the truth always. If your benefits for unemployment are being withheld,... Read more »

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Q: I was hired by a company a couple months ago, can they fire me due to COVID?

I was hired by a company and I’ve been working for a couple months, I started experiencing Covid symptoms, I had to get tested because a person in my household works at a nursing home and if anyone she’s around experiences symptoms they must be tested before she can return to work, this company... Read more »

Claudia Reis
Claudia Reis answered on Oct 20, 2020

No, your employer cannot fire you. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides employees, who work for employers with less than 500 employees, up to two weeks (or 80 hours) of sick leave paid at employees' regular pay rate if those employees are unable to work because they... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts, Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Minnesota on
Q: Can General Contractors force subcontractors to wear a mask for Covid or threaten contract termination

Install team,

Just a reminder that the wearing of masks or face shields while in the customer home is not optional, and there is a zero tolerance policy if you do not wear them.

The only time it is optional is when you are outside of the home and separated by at least 6 feet.... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Sep 16, 2020

Unless you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a mask or face shield, you can be required to wear one while performing your work. If you do have a medical condition, you should work with your doctor to request an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act from your... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for Minnesota on
Q: Mandated masks at work and anxiety issues put me on Unpaid leave. What are my rights? (I am not anti mask)

Tried it the 1st day, had 5-6 panic attacks, and was harassed imo by my bosses all day long, complaint was filed. Was informed to take unpaid leave of absence. Saw doctor, meds too weak to work and stronger ones you cant work on, next would be psychologist but since I don't have insurance or... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Jul 29, 2020

Your employer can request medical information to support your request for an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. You should talk to your doctor and your employer to inquire about other possible accommodations for your anxiety that would allow you to continue to work. Does... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Employment Law for Minnesota on
Q: Can a door-to-door sales company refuse to pay you your commission earnings if you aren't bound to set dates or hours?
Paul Lelii
Paul Lelii answered on Jul 25, 2020

Hello there. The facts you pose begs the questions what provided reason by the company for not paying your commissions, and whether you have a written contract that governs the relationship. Also, the state law in the state you live in may govern your relationship with the company. Generally, a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Minnesota on
Q: I received a call from my ex supervisor while I was on low need status informing me that my position was terminated

Does my employer have grounds to do this, it's the covid stuff is why I on low need or/ was laid off, and before i could come back my position was dissolved?

Paul Lelii
Paul Lelii answered on Jul 7, 2020

Sir, in today's employment setting, this is a cutting edge legal question. First, more information is needed, for example, why were you actually on leave? Was it medical or just covid-19 reasons in general? Thus, it is hard to answer your question without greater details about the employer,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Employment Law for Minnesota on
Q: If I was approved an FMLA but then furloughed by the company, do days associated with furlough count towards the FMLA?

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Paul Lelii
Paul Lelii answered on Jun 17, 2020

Sir, this is a general opinion about the FLMA law. A full-blown investigation is required to really understand the facts of your case. See www.leliilaw.com. Paul Lelii 651-587-9663

Whether an employer may count a holiday against an employee's Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)...
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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for Minnesota on
Q: I have to pick up truck at shop..stay on their direction all day..no personal diviation.portal act..they pay all day?

Hourly in MN..painter

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Jun 17, 2020

If you are asking whether you need to be paid for the time spent driving from the company's shop with the work truck to the job site, and between job sites throughout the day, your employer should be compensating you for that drive time. You should contact an employment lawyer in your area to... Read more »

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Q: Forced to use vacation time or no pay

While at work we were sent home early because our work system was compromised and we were told we would not be working the following day as well and we would have to either use vacation time or not get paid I was wondering if that is something they are allowed to do or are they suppose to be... Read more »

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Apr 8, 2020

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, employers are only required to pay their employees for time worked. While most employers offer some form of paid time off as well, this is not required. In this situation, since you haven't performed any work on these days, the FLSA does not require that you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law, Contracts and Employment Law for Minnesota on
Q: I’m in the pre-startup phase of forming my company and I’m looking for employees to “hire“.

My question with this is can someone legally “hire” for work under the title employee without ever expecting or receiving compensation from their employer. And can NDA be introduced in those working terms?

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Apr 8, 2020

If you hire an employee, you will need to comply with the federal and state wage and hour laws with regard to compensating that employee. You should consult an employment law attorney in your area for advice.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Minnesota on
Q: Am I entitled to overtime?

I’m a restaurant manager in Saint Paul Minnesota, I make less than $45,000 a year I get Health and dental Insurance and bonuses, provided I meet certain goals. I typically work 50-55 hours a week, should I be receiving overtime?

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Mar 11, 2020

Whether you are entitled to overtime depends on whether you are properly considered a salary-exempt employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act. If you are a non-exempt employee, paid on an hourly basis, then you should be receiving overtime (time and one half your regular rate of pay) for all... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Minnesota on
Q: I have a question about employment wrongful termination .

I I was fired for refusing a piss test. That I never refused the company I work for broke federal law when giving me the piss test

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on Feb 19, 2020

Unfortunately, there is very little protection for individuals when it comes to refusal of a drug test. Because you are an at-will employee, an employer may terminate you for any reason, or no reason at all, unless it is an unlawful reason. If you feel as though you were singled out based on your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Minnesota on
Q: Is it legal for my employer to write me and only me up for something everyone is doing?
Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Feb 12, 2020

It is not per se unlawful for your employer to single you out and discipline you for things others are doing. However, if you are being disciplined for things similarly-situated coworkers are also doing without consequence, and you believe the disparate treatment is due to your membership in a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Minnesota on
Q: I was told by my supervisor that if I have too many FMLA days they will take away the 1 day a week I can work from home

My entire team works from home on Fridays and I was told I would be expected to be in the office if I have too many unplanned FMLA days.

I am on intermittent FMLA for my own serious health condition.

I feel I am being punished for having FMLA

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Feb 12, 2020

In general, an employer cannot use your need to take intermittent FMLA as a negative factor in making an employment decision. More details are needed to determine whether an FMLA violation has occurred. You should consult with an employment attorney as soon as possible to determine the best... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Minnesota on
Q: Can my former employer withhold wages for not returning my employee handbook?

My former employer is withholding my wages for not returning my employee handbook. I’ve read the handbook front to back numerous times, it doesn’t state anything about being penalized for not returning it. I’ve also never signed anything or been verbally told otherwise on the matter

Greg Mansell
Greg Mansell answered on Nov 6, 2019

This could violate the Fair Labor Standards Act if the deduction of wages results in you making less than minimum wage for all hours worked.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Civil Rights and Employment Discrimination for Minnesota on
Q: What are the legal actions I can take if I believe I've been discriminated out of a job position within my company?

I've been with my current company for over a year, which is the probation period before we can apply for another position internally. There's been an open position at my company since the previous employee vacated it back in March of this year. The position was posted in May, and I had... Read more »

Joseph A. Gangi
Joseph A. Gangi answered on Jun 27, 2019

Missing from your question is *why* you think you were treated differently. If you were not considered for the position because of race, gender, age, disability, or some other protected class or protected conduct, then you may have a claim worth pursuing.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Minnesota on
Q: told to resign or be fired because they suspected smell of alcohol. No breathilizer. Other staff have kept job for same

Worked 5 years. All evaluations are positive. No disciplinary reports in file.

Lucas Wynne
Lucas Wynne answered on Mar 20, 2019

I assume your question is whether you have a lawsuit on your hands - can you show that your employer is actually firing you for a different reason (race, religion, etc.)?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Minnesota on
Q: I was fired from my job today after months of harassment and bullying. He said it was poor performance.

I was harassed and bullied by the Director. I may be able to get statements from coworkers and I have written down numerous occasions in which this happened. I feel that I have PTSD and anxiety due to this experience. I will be seeking $500,000.00. I live check to check have 3 kids to clothe and... Read more »

Joseph A. Gangi
Joseph A. Gangi answered on Mar 12, 2019

Minnesota is an "at will" employment state so generally speaking you can be fired for just about any reason, so long as it is not discriminatory or retaliatory. The law does not require people to treat you nicely. But if you can show that you were terminated because of your race,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Minnesota on
Q: Work for a cleaning company

Was gonna work for a cleaning company and they wanted me to sign a contract and stated in it that if I ever quit working there I could not do any cleaning as a individual contractor or for any other business within a 75 mile radius. Can they legally control what you do for 2 years after your... Read more »

Joseph A. Gangi
Joseph A. Gangi answered on Oct 29, 2018

The company asked you to sign a "non-compete" agreement. If you did not sign the agreement, you have nothing to worry about. If you did sign the agreement, it may or may not be enforceable depending on a variety of circumstances. Specific questions based on the specific language of the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Minnesota on
Q: After quitting a job, can the employer NOT pay the employee their last paycheck and/or their accrued vacation time?

The employer had the employee sign on document upon hire that they would forfeit their last paycheck and their accrued vacation on they terminated employment.

Joseph A. Gangi
Joseph A. Gangi answered on Aug 15, 2018

In Minnesota, employers must pay an employee who quits typically at the next regularly scheduled payday. If there is a contract with different terms, you will want to have an attorney review that.

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