MHRA Amendment Secures Jury Trials for Minnesota Discrimination Victims
By Joshua A. Newville, Attorney, on May 14, 2014
Posted in Age Discrimination, Disability Discrimination, Hostile Work Environment, Lost Wages - Back and Front Pay Damages, Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA), Minnesota State District Court, Minnesota Supreme Court, National Origin Discrimination, Pregnancy Discrimination, Race Discrimination, Religious Discrimination, Retaliation, Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Orientation Discrimination, Wrongful Termination
Yesterday, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed into law an amendment to the Minnesota Human Rights Act that will ensure victims of discrimination and retaliation are entitled to a jury trial. The bill, SF2322, was passed by the House and Senate in previous weeks and will go into effect on August 1, 2014.
Previously, there was uncertainty over whether a victim of workplace discrimination, harassment, or retaliation would receive a jury trial, and to what level the jury’s verdict was entitled to deference. Due to a legal intersection of federal, state, common, and statutory law, and depending on what claims were brought and in what venue, there were often instances were individuals who have been the target of illegal activity by their employer have only been allowed a trial by judge. (more…)