Marital Status Discrimination in Minnesota

Marital Status Discrimination in Minnesota

In Minnesota, it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee because of their marital status. Under the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA), an individual’s marital status includes the following categories:

  • Single
  • Married
  • Remarried
  • Divorced
  • Separated
  • Surviving spouse (widowed / widower)

Typically, marital status discrimination can occur when two employees are married and the company decides to terminate one employee for performance reasons and opts to fire the spouse of the poor performing employee because they question the spouse’s loyalty or believe it would be awkward if the spouse remained with the company.

Another example of marital status discrimination could involve a situation where a couple is married and only one of the spouses works for an employer, but the other spouse is outspoken on political issues or other matters which the employer disapproves of. If the employer attempts to retaliate against the employee to penalize him or her for their politically active spouse’s position, they could be found liable for engaging in marital status discrimination.

Victims of Marital Status Discrimination may be entitled to compensation.

If you believe that your Minnesota boss or employer has discriminated against you or retaliated against you because of your marital status, we may be able to help you. If your case has merit, we can help you determine if your rights were violated, collect evidence, and depending on the facts, help you to recover a cash settlement to compensate you for your employer’s illegal conduct. .

To learn more and schedule a free consultation with Minneapolis Minnesota Marital Status Discrimination Lawyer Christopher Kuhlman, call 612 349 2747.