Can my boss fire me for rejecting his or her sexual advances?

by Chris Kuhlman on December 22, 2015

When a boss makes sexual or romantic advances to an employee, he or she is in a position of power. And if the employee rejects those advances and the boss fires them, the boss is abusing that power. Fortunately, there are a number of legal protections against this sort of sexual harassment in Minnesota.  Minnesota’s human rights act prohibits both “quid pro quo” harassment and retaliation by your employer if you report sexual harassment.

If you have been fired for refusing your boss’s sexual advances, you should immediately document all the instances of possible sexual harassment (your boss hitting on you, sexual or gender-based comments made by your boss or others about you in the workplace).  You should also make notations of why your boss claims to have fired you and any other relevant facts about your wrongful termination that you can remember.


This means write down who said or did what to whom, who witnessed it, and when and where it occurred.  If your former employer or boss sent inappropriate emails to you or has any other emails or documents relating to your termination, make note of these so that your lawyer can get a hold of these during a process called discovery, if you choose to later file a lawsuit.

If you are having trouble finding a new job, because you don’t trust your old boss to give you a good reference, you can ask your former coworkers to act as references for you. If your boss that fired you for reporting sexual harassment is giving you negative job references or saying untrue things about you, be sure to let your Minnesota sexual harassment lawyer know as they may be able to use it as a basis for additional claims or use this information to obtain higher damages for you.

If you have been fired or laid off, and you suspect it was because you turned down your boss’s sexual requests or reported sexual harassment, contact Minnesota sexual harassment retaliation attorney Chris Kuhlman at Kuhlman Law today at 612-349-2747.   There are relatively short time limits (statutes of limitation) to bring a claim for sexual harassment or retaliation for reporting sexual harassment in Minnesota.  If you wait too long, you may be unable to pursue your claim.   Call us today at 612-349-2747 to set up your free and confidential consultation to learn more. 


*The information contained on this website is for informational purposes and is not legal advice or should be considered a substitute for legal counsel.  Legal advice must be tailored to the specific facts of your case and current legal developments, as such you should always consult an experienced sexual harassment lawyer if you have legal questions or questions about sexual harassment.  

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