Employment and Labor Law

Employment and Labor Law

Kennedy & Graven is actively involved in representing government and other employers in employment and labor law matters. The firm offers counsel and preventative advice, for example, on how to plan termination actions and draft personnel policies to reduce the risk of claims. Our employment and labor law counsel are distinguished by the advantage we have in combining ongoing representation of employers with our highly regarded litigation services.

Our attorneys provide a wide range of services related to:

  • Employee discipline and discharge
  • Personnel policies / handbooks and affirmative action plans
  • Seminars and training on such employment matters as sexual harassment
  • Labor management issues, including grievances and arbitration
  • Evaluation of claims under the Minnesota Human Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act
  • Sexual harassment cases
  • Veterans' Preference Act cases
  • Advice on pay equity / comparable worth plans
  • Employment contracts and drug testing policies
  • Labor-management contracts and negotiations
  • Matters relating to the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Due process issues

LABOR RELATIONS AND COLLECTIVE BARGAINING

  • Collective bargaining agreements
  • Contract interpretation
  • Grievance proceedings and arbitration
  • Interest arbitration
  • Allegations of unfair labor practices
  • Bureau of Mediation Services matters
  • Strike plans and preparation

LITIGATION-RELATED SERVICES

Members of the firm represent employers in federal and state courts, in arbitration, before the Minnesota Human Rights Department, the federal EEOC, the Commissioner of Veterans Affairs, and in informal negotiations. Cases have included:

  • Discrimination claims
  • Veterans' preference claims
  • Disability claims
  • Arbitration of discharge challenges
  • Challenges to employee selection procedures

Questions concerning how we may serve your legal needs in the area of employment and labor law may be directed to any one of the following attorneys:

Robert A. Alsop
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612-337-9224
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Gregory S. Madsen
Shareholder
612-337-9305
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Timothy R. Palmatier
Shareholder
612-337-9304
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Scott J. Riggs
Shareholder
612-337-9260
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Mary D. Tietjen
Shareholder
612-337-9277
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Maggie R. Wallner
Shareholder
612-337-9301
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