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Minnesota Wrongful Termination

In an at-will employment state, such as Minnesota, employers are free to hire and terminate employees at almost any time and for almost any reason. There are a few exceptions to this law, and when a company violates one of the exceptions, it is called a wrongful dismissal or wrongful termination. An employment lawyer or wrongful termination attorney can help you file a lawsuit or legal claim against your former employer if you think you've been wrongfully dismissed.

What Is Wrongful Termination?

In Minnesota, there are several situations when a dismissal would be considered a wrongful termination.

  • If you have a written employment contract and were let go in violation of that employment contract, you may have grounds for a breach of contract lawsuit. Your employment attorney can help you file that lawsuit against your former employer in Minnesota civil court.
  • Minnesota also recognizes the legal concept of implied employment contracts, which can include verbal promises of job security as well as representations made in an employment handbook. It is possible to win a breach of contract case involving an implied contract, but much more difficult. Your attorney can assess the situation and recommend a course of action.
  • A number of federal and Minnesota laws make it illegal for employers to discriminate against employees on the basis of specific characteristics, such as gender, race, religion, age, sexual orientation and disability. If you were terminated for discriminatory reasons, you may file a claim with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights or U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
  • If you are a union member and your union has a collective bargaining agreement, you may be a victim of wrongful dismissal if you were terminated in violation of that agreement. Talk to your union representative to learn more about the grievance process. An attorney can represent you during the resolution process.
  • Finally, Minnesota recognizes a concept known as the public policy exception to at-will employment. This means an employee cannot be terminated for exercising a right granted to them by law (such as filing a workers' compensation claim or reporting for jury duty) or for refusing to break the law.

Find & Hire Local Minnesota Wrongful Termination Attorneys

If you think you've been wrongfully terminated from your job, talk to a wrongful dismissal lawyer immediately. You have legal options, but may only have a short timeframe in which to take action.

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