Employment Law and Litigation


The employment law attorneys at Melchert Hubert Sjodin help both employees and employers with their employment law needs.  Our experience representing both sides of the employment relationship enables our attorneys to provide insightful and cost effective representation to our clients.

If you are an employee that feels you have been discriminated against, not paid overtime when you should have been or have been retaliated against for whistleblowing, we stand ready to help you.  On the other hand, if you are an employer facing a difficult employee termination or you have questions regarding your obligations under federal or state employment laws, we can effectively guide through the maze of practical and legal issues you are facing.

Our clients include:

Employees that need help with:

  • Compensation
  • Severance
  • Discrimination Claims
  • Defamation
  • Breach of Contract
  • Unemployment

Employers that need help with:

  • Hiring and Firing
  • Non-Compete Agreements
  • Employee Handbooks
  • Harassment/Workplace Violence Prevention
  • Background Checks
  • FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act)
  • ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)


  • ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)
  • Affirmative action programs: city, state, and federal
  • Agreements including:
    • Employment
    • Non-competes
    • Executive compensation
    • Independent contractor
    • Confidentiality
    • Separation
    • Severance
  • Breach of an implied covenant of good faith
  • Breach of contract
  • Confidentiality or trade secret disputes
  • Discrimination:  race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, pregnancy, national origin and familial status
  • Employee handbooks
  • Employment litigation and claims before:
    • State and federal courts
    • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
    • Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
    • Federal, Minnesota state and local equal employment opportunity agencies
    • Minnesota Department of Human Rights
    • Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
    • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act)
  • Forms: employment applications, hiring, and termination checklists
  • Harassment and workplace violence prevention
  • Hiring, overtime, discipline, termination and discharge issues
  • Injunctions related to restrictive covenants
  • Minnesota Human Rights Act
  • Minnesota Women’s Economic Security Act
  • Performance management, federal and state compliance, litigation prevention, and compensation and benefits
  • Reduction in workforce planning and implementation
  • Risk assessments and litigation prevention
  • Social media policy development and monitoring process
  • Substance abuse; drug and alcohol testing policies and training
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Unemployment claims
  • Union relations
  • USERRA issues and military leave
  • Whistleblowing