Employment Law: Your Rights as an Employee

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My boss is a jerk. What can I do?
Unfortunately, there is no law against bad bosses. However, if your boss is affecting your employment because of your age, race, gender, disability, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, military status, or because you are pregnant, then you may have legal rights. If your boss is being a jerk because you reported unlawful workplace conduct, you may have a retaliation claim. If the problem is simply that your boss is rude, or you have a personality confl ict, you can complain to your HR Department, but there isn’t much you can do from a legal perspective.

Do I have to put up with my boss asking me out for drinks or telling me sexual stories?
Most people know that workplace sexual harassment is illegal. Any time such requests or talk is making you uncomfortable, you should tell the harasser to stop and report the harassment to your employer.

Can my employer retaliate against me for complaining about workplace abuses?
An employer generally may not retaliate against an employee who engages in conduct protected by law. Protected conduct includes opposing workplace discrimination, assisting in an investigation of discrimination, refusing to engage in conduct you reasonably believe to be unlawful, taking protected leave, requesting accommodations for a disability, associating with people of a certain race, sex, national origin, religion, or who are disabled, or otherwise exercising your legal rights.

What if I get sick and miss work, or if I have to miss work to take care of a family member?
If there are 50 or more employees at your workplace, you may be eligible to take up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave for the birth or adoption of a child, if you have a serious health condition, or to care for a sick child, spouse or parent. When you return, your employer must provide you with the same or similar position you held.

I am afraid to tell my supervisor that I am pregnant. What should I do?
Under the law, employers must treat pregnant employees the same as employees with temporary disabilities, as long as pregnancy does not interfere with the performance of the employees’ major job functions. Employers must also provide pregnant employees with the same benefi ts that they provide to temporarily disabled employees, including time off and reasonable help with performing their duties while on the job.


Audiology

Paula Schwartz, Tinnitus & Hyperacusis Clinic

Hearing is the first sense we experience, and the last sense we lose.

Bankruptcy

James Lodoen, Lindquist & Vennum LLP

A company Chapter 7 means shut doors, sale of assets and payment of creditors by priority.

Biodentical Hormones

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Botox and Fillers

Dr. Mohiiba Tareen, Tareen Dermatology

Because Dr. Tareen uses a special micro droplet technique exclusive to Tareen Dermatology, she can achieve a very natural look for her patients.

Braces

Jesse N. Veil, Veil Orthodontics

Children can come into the practice and Dr. Veil will monitor their progress for FREE, sometimes for years, until it is determined that they need braces, or in some cases, don’t need any orthodontic treatment.

Breast Augmentation

Edina Plastic Surgery

Edina Plastic Surgery is the only practice in Minnesota to have the Vectra XT 3D camera. The system is so precise it can show you different sizes of implants, and the different types of profiles available.

Bye Bye Cellulite

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Until now there has not been a proven nonsurgical procedure to assist with the reduction of cellulite AND skin tightening all in one treatment, now there is the NEW Verjú laser.

Thinking About Cosmetic Restoration?

Dr. Walter Palmer, River Bluff Dental

With modern CAD/CAM (CEREC) technology we can repair your tooth in just one visit with cosmetic all ceramic materials.

Eating Disorders

Dr. Jillian Lampert, The Emily Program

How to recognize the signs and symptoms of eating disorders and how The Emily Program can provide personalized treatment care.

Female Urology—Stress and Urge Incontinence

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At Metro Urology we have four urologists and two urogynecologists specializing in female urologic issues.  Four of these physicians are women.

Invisalign

Jesse N. Veil, Veil Orthodontics

The Invisalign System uses a series of crystal clear aligners to move your teeth in small steps to the desired final position prescribed by your orthodontist. 

Local Brewing

Matt Hall, Lift Bridge Brewery

When we started in 2008 we were the 13th brewery in the state and now with over 50, “exploded” is a good way to put it. We couldn’t be more happy to see this industry grow and to be a well respected leader in it.

Low Dose CT Lung Screenings

Dr. Peter Wold, St. Paul Radiology

Information about detecting problems early and accurately with Low Dose CT Lung Screenings from an expert at St. Paul Radiology.

Bioidentical Hormone Therapy, Perimenopause and Menopause

Sandy Greenquist, Menopause Center of Minnesota

Information about the Menopause Center including bioidentical hormone therapy and symptoms/treatment of perimenopause and menopause.

Lindquist & Vennum LLP

Marya Robben, Partner at Lindquist & Vennum LLP

Everyone should have a power of attorney, health care directive, and a will. Beyond that, business owners should consider revocable trusts to ensure business operations continue seamlessly upon their death.

Mommy Makeovers

Edina Plastic Surgery

During a mommy makeover the board-certified surgeons at Edina Plastic Surgery perform an abdominoplasty, liposuction, and a patient-appropriate breast procedure; a lift, reduction, or augmentation.

Personal Training

Stephen Randolph, Calhoun Beach Athletic Club

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Serious Disc Conditions

Dr. Jamy Antoine, BS, DC, FICPA Minnesota Disc Institute

Our typical patient is a person who has already had surgery, or is contemplating surgery for severe pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, and other symptoms due to damaged discs in their neck or back.

Linda A. Olup, Olup Law Offices, LLC

Linda A. Olup, Olup Law Offices, LLC

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The Skinny on Great Skin

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Turning Back the Clock

Nancy Norling, DDS, Dr. Nancy Norling Dentistry

Fortunately the signs of wear, tear, and time on your teeth can be much easier to reverse than you might imagine.

Veneers

Dr. Steve Gorman, The Gorman Center for Fine Dentistry

Porcelain veneers a very good choice for improving many unsightly dental problems.

Latest Advancements in Worn Teeth

Melissa S. Zettler, DDS, Cherrywood Dental

When the cause is properly diagnosed, even severely worn teeth can be restored beautifully. But teeth are meant to work together under tremendous pressures, so it is not enough for teeth to look good.

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