Employment & Labor Litigation
Fredrikson & Byron’s employment and labor attorneys strive to help clients avoid the expense and distraction of litigation. When the need to litigate arises, however, our experienced litigators work closely with clients to protect their interests and achieve their goals efficiently.
What We Do
We bring a practical, business-oriented approach to litigating and resolving cases. Our employment litigators have experience trying and winning cases before courts, juries, administrative agencies, and arbitration panels, as well as negotiating favorable settlements for clients.
We represent every kind of employer, from large publicly traded corporations to small start-ups, non-profits, and public sector employers. We litigate in federal and state courts and arbitral tribunals in Minnesota and around the country. We also regularly represent employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights and other human rights agencies, the National Labor Relations Board, the Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and other federal, state, and local administrative agencies.
Our litigators represent employers in both individual and class/collective actions alleging the full range of employment-related claims, such as discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour violations, Family and Medical Leave Act violations, breach of employment or non-compete agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets, defamation, tortious interference with contract, and wrongful discharge.
- Obtained restraining order on behalf of public biotechnology company preventing employees from violating non-compete agreements.
- Defended national private investigation company in misclassification FLSA collective/class action.
- Obtained verdict in favor of biomedical equipment servicer in marital status discrimination lawsuit.
- Obtained dismissal of claims against an industrial sales company accused of misappropriating a competitor’s trade secrets and violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
- Obtained summary dismissal of disability and sex discrimination claims on behalf of utility location company.
- Defended homebuilder against pregnancy and religious discrimination claims and brought Stored Communications Act counterclaim.
- Successfully represented large non-profit organization through jury trial against claims of defamation and whistleblower violations.
- Obtained verdict in favor of security services company against disability discrimination and retaliation claims before civil rights commission.
- Obtained TRO on behalf of medical device company to prevent competitor’s violation of noncompete agreement, resulting in permanent consent injunction.
- Defended international coffee retailer in misclassification FLSA collective/class action.
- Arbitrated insurance broker’s solicitation of bond brokers resulting in significant award.
- Obtained directed verdict in jury trial and dismissal of claims brought by manufacturing company’s former executive for discrimination, contract, and quasi-contract claims.
- Obtained summary judgment for technology manufacturer on FMLA claims, and successfully defended appeal to 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Obtained dismissal of self-compelled defamation action against massage therapy business.
News & Articles
April 22, 2014
In 2002, Congress passed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX) following the collapse of Enron Corporation. Among other things, SOX provides protection for whistleblowers who work for public companies. Recently, in Lawson v. FMR, LLC, the U.S. Supreme Court held that SOX’s whistleblower protections extend to employees of contractors and subcontractors of public companies, even if the contractor or subcontractor is privately held.Read More