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Wrongful discharge law challenged to State Supreme Court

The world of employment law in Florida can be complex. The laws surrounding wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, employment contracts and more are designed to provide fair treatment to all parties and protect those wronged when appropriate. Many such business litigation laws vary from state to state. Sometimes different states may even learn new ideas for how to approach certain areas based upon another state’s practices.

Wrongful termination is an issue that can lead to employment litigation for a variety of reasons. In Minnesota, the primary law governing these lawsuits was recently challenged all the way up to the State Supreme Court by one plaintiff who claimed she was wrongfully discharged. The law, which only allows wrongful discharge suits to be filed if an employee was fired because of his or her unwillingness to break a law while performing his or her job, was upheld by the high court.

A security officer had filed a lawsuit against her former employer alleging that she was eventually terminated in retaliation for filing an unemployment claim upon learning that her position may no longer be available. When the lower courts discharged the claim, the plaintiff pursued it. An article that described the case indicated it reaffirmed the state’s at-will employment law basis. 

Employment litigation can be costly for companies and the need for legal protection can be great. Obtaining the right legal help when faced with any employment regulations concerns or potential lawsuits may be the best way to stay protected and avoid unnecessary losses.

Source: HR.BLR.com, “Minnesota Supreme Court refuses to expand wrongful discharge doctrine,” Richard Voelbel, March 20, 2014

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