EEOC Reaches Significant Settlement in Prayer Accommodation Case

On August 6, 2017, the EEOC reached a significant settlement in a case against Electrolux. The case involved claims by a group of Muslim employees who were denied religious accommodations. The employees had asked the company to allow them to break their fast shortly after sunset in accordance with the observation of Ramadan, the Islamic […]

Minnesota Supreme Court Affirms Broad Protection for Whistleblowers

Today, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in favor of employees, holding that the Minnesota legislature intended to overrule caselaw that limited Minnesota’s Whistleblower Act (MWA) when it amended the law in 2013. The case, Freidlander v. Edwards Life Sciences, centered around the definition of “good faith.” The MWA protects employees from retaliation if they report […]

All Teske Micko Lawyers Again Named to Super Lawyers/Rising Star List; Micko Named as Top 100 Minnesota Lawyers

For the third year in a row, all of Teske Micko’s attorneys have been named to the annual  Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. Additionally, Doug Micko has again been named as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Minnesota, a high distinction reserved for the top attorneys under the Super Lawyers rating system. Minnesota has over 20,000 practicing attorneys. Vildan […]

Brian Rochel Named to 2017 Up and Coming Attorneys List

Teske Micko is proud to announce that partner Brian Rochel has been named to Minnesota Lawyer’s list of 2017 Up & Coming Attorneys. Mr. Rochel was among one of only 23 honorees this year, all chosen by an outside panel consisting of past Honorees. Attorneys were selected based on their professional accomplishments, leadership and service to […]

Doug Micko Presents on Updates to Whistleblower Law at Employment Law Institute

On May 23, 2017, Teske Micko partner Doug Micko presented a continuing legal education seminar to his peers at the Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute. The Employment Law Institute, billed as “the Nation’s best employment law conference,” is a program that attracted approximately 1,400 lawyers and employment law professionals. Micko, together with his co-panelist Joe […]

Class Certification Granted in Class Action against Payday America

On Wednesday, April 26, Hennepin County District Court Judge Daniel H. Mabley issued an order granting Plaintiffs’ motion for class certification. Teske Micko represents a class of Minnesota consumers who took out payday loans from Payday America, Inc. between October 2, 2013 and December 31, 2016. The named plaintiff and class representative, Randy Holte, filed […]

Minnesota Supreme Court extends statute of limitations for some claims under Minnesota Human Rights Act

On April 12, 2017, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued an opinion in Peterson v. City of Minneapolis, 2017 Minn. LEXIS 195 (Apr. 12, 2017), that may extend the statute of limitations for some employment claims brought under the Minnesota Human Rights Act. Scott Peterson was a Minneapolis Police Officer for several years. In 2011, he was […]

Teske Micko Brings Class Action Employment Lawsuit against City of Minneapolis

On January 6, 2017, Teske Micko initiated Stewart, et al. v. The City of Minneapolis, a class action employment lawsuit. The suit is brought in Minnesota District Court, Fourth District–Hennepin County. Laurence Stewart, the named plaintiff, is a former employee of Minneapolis in its Public Works Department. Stewart seeks classwide relief for himself and all other […]

Vildan Teske Quoted in Star Tribune Article regarding Forced Arbitration

On Sunday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune featured an article about the current state of forced arbitration of consumer disputes: “Debate over forced arbitration finds its second wind, with help from events like Wells Fargo scandal.” Teske Micko partner Vildan Teske is quoted in the article, noting that there have been recent developments in the fight […]

Doug Micko Presents CLE to Hennepin County Bar Association on Spoliation and Preservation of Evidence

On October 4, 2016, Teske Micko attorney Doug Micko was part of a panel presentation on spoliation of evidence, sponsored by the Hennepin County Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section. The program, entitled, “Spoliation of Evidence: Knowing and Avoiding the Pitfalls,” focused on parties’ obligations to safekeep information for litigation. “Spoliation—destruction of evidence—is becoming […]

Phillip Kitzer Moderates Panel on Race and Religious Discrimination at Federal Bar Association National Conference

On September 16, 2016, Teske Micko attorney Phillip Kitzer moderated a panel on discrimination at the Federal Bar Association’s annual national conference in Cleveland, Ohio.  The program, entitled “Race and Religious Discrimination in the Workplace,” addressed the history of race and religious discrimination claims over the past 40 years. The panelists also discussed Nobach v. […]

All Teske Micko Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers/Rising Stars List; Micko Named One of Minnesota’s Top 100 Lawyers

Once again, all of Teske Micko’s attorneys have been named to the annual  Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. Additionally, Doug Micko has been named as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Minnesota, a high distinction reserved for the top attorneys under the Super Lawyers rating system–especially impressive given that there are more than 20,000 […]

Vildan Teske Elected to FBA National Board of Directors

Vildan Teske was elected to the Federal Bar Association’s (FBA) National Board of Directors. One of only four Directors nationally selected by voters this term, Vildan was recognized by her colleagues and peers to be a leader of one of the largest legal organizations in the United States. The FBA is an association of more […]

Brian Rochel and Phillip Kitzer Present to Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust on ADA, Workers’ Compensation Retaliation, and FMLA Laws

On June 15, 2016, Brian Rochel and Phillip Kitzer presented at the Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust’s (MCIT) seminar, Advanced Employment Issues for Public Entities.  The presentation, titled The Intersection of Disability, FMLA and Workers’ Compensation Retaliation Laws, addressed the complications for employers when employees request accommodations related to a disability or work-related injury, or when […]

Vildan Teske Presents in Program with Senator Franken in Washington D.C. on the Problems of Forced Arbitration for Servicemembers, Employees, and Consumers

On June 7, 2016, Vildan Teske presented on a panel discussing the growing and problematic use of forced arbitration clauses in consumer and employment agreements. The event, “Reforming the Ripoff Clause: Why Access to Justice Matters for Accountability and the Economy,” was hosted by the Center for American Progress (CAP). It included remarks by Senator […]

Payday Lending Class Action, Filed by Teske Micko, Gets Green Light to Proceed in Favorable Court Order

On Monday, May 16, Hennepin County District Court Judge Thomas M. Sipkins, issued an order denying defendant payday lender, PayDay America, Inc.’s motion to dismiss a class action filed by Teske Micko on behalf of a class of consumers who allege that PayDay America sold them high-cost loans in violation of Minnesota law governing consumer credit and […]

New CFPB Rule Prohibiting Forced Arbitration Places Consumer Protection Ahead of Corporate Profits

Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a new rule proposing the prohibition of mandatory arbitration clauses that deny groups of consumers their day in court. In the last several years, many contracts for consumer financial products and services – from bank accounts to credit cards to cellular phone contracts – have included mandatory […]

Judge Rules in Favor of Employees in Background Check Class Action

Teske Micko, along with co-counsel Nichols Kaster, represents a group of employees and prospective employees who were provided illegal background check disclosures by iQor. The case, Shoots, et al. v. iQor, is filed in the District of Minnesota and alleges that iQor’s authorization and disclosure forms violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). In a […]

Teske Micko Partners Present at 8th Circuit Employment Law Conference

 On April 14, 2016, Teske Micko partners Brian Rochel, Phillip Kitzer, and Douglas Micko presented continuing legal education programming at the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) – Eighth Circuit Affiliate conference. Mr. Micko is a member of the Board of NELA’s Eighth Circuit Chapter, and assisted in the planning and preparation of the conference. NELA’s Eighth […]

Scrutiny Increasing over Use of Background Checks for Employees and Consumers

The increasingly widespread use of background checks, or consumer credit reports, has increased the chances that inaccurate, unfair and unlawful information published or collected about a person may have an adverse impact on his or her life. More and more, employers are requiring job applicants and current employees to undergo background checks, digging through information ranging […]

Excessive Use of Overly Broad Non-Compete Agreements being Called into Question

Non-compete agreements, a certain type of restrictive covenant, have been somewhat common between employers and employees for decades. But the use of non-competes, particularly very broad and restrictive ones, has spread expansively in recent years. Initially designed to be a fair tool for employers to maintain certain key trade secrets and essential client bases, non-competes […]

Katz & Micko Present CLE on Employment Law to Business Lawyers

On February 23, 2016, Teske Micko partners Doug Micko and Marisa Katz presented a continuing legal education (CLE) seminar on “Employment Law Tips and Traps for Business Lawyers.” The presentation included an overview of key employment law developments in federal and state laws, including the recently passed Minnesota Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA), the interplay […]

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Consumers in Class Action Case

The Supreme Court ruled today in Campbell-Ewold Co. v Gomez, one of several major class action cases that will be decided during the Court’s current term. The issue in this case is whether a putative class action case becomes moot when the defendant offers complete relief to the named plaintiff, even if the plaintiff rejects […]

Whistleblowers Reveal Widespread Fraud at Large Twin Cities Mental Health Agency

Several whistleblowers have brought to light allegations of widespread fraud by Complementary Support Services (CSS). According to allegations from federal and state prosecutors, the mental healthcare provider defrauded Minnesota’s Medicaid program for millions of dollars and provided inadequate supervision of unlicensed practitioners. The state and federal prosecutors filed suit against CSS in November of 2015. Several employees have come forward […]

Phillip Kitzer, Brian Rochel, and Doug Micko Present on Intersection of Disability, FMLA, and Workers’ Compensation Retaliation Laws

On October 26, 2015, Teske Micko partners Phillip Kitzer and Brian Rochel presented a continuing legal education (CLE) seminar on the intersection between disability discrimination laws under the Minnesota Human Rights Act (“MHRA”) and the American’s With Disabilities Act (“ADA”), the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), and Workers’ Compensation retaliation (“WCA”).  The presentation was […]

District Court Grants Class Certification, Denies Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss in Wage Theft Case

Teske Micko, co-counseling with Nichols Kaster, defeated a motion to dismiss and won a motion to conditionally certify a class of current and former iQor employees. The case, Shoots, et al. v. iQor, is a class action lawsuit on behalf of iQor workers nationwide. Judge Susan Richard Nelson of the U.S. District of Minnesota held that […]

Vildan Teske, Doug Micko and Marisa Katz Present a CLE Update on the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 Term

On October 12, 2015, Teske Micko partners Vildan Teske, Doug Micko and Marisa Katz presented a continuing legal education (CLE) seminar on the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 term. The presentation included an overview of the major employment law-related cases decided in the last term and the implications of such decisions in everyday practice. The seminar also […]

Minnesota Court of Appeals Holds Restrictive Covenant against Employee Not Enforceable

In a potentially significant case, the Minnesota Court of Appeals held that a non-solicitation agreement was not enforceable because it did not include specific reference to consideration in exchange for the agreement not to solicit within the agreement. The case, JAB, Inc. v. Naegle, resulted in the employee’s non-solicitation agreement being unenforceable. Under basic principles […]

Phillip Kitzer Named “Up & Coming Attorney” by Minnesota Lawyer

Teske Micko partner Phillip Kitzer was recently recognized by Minnesota Lawyer as an Up & Coming Attorney for 2015, an honor bestowed on a select group of attorneys who have demonstrated outstanding work within the profession and who have fewer than 10 years of experience. This year’s award was limited to 28 attorneys throughout Minnesota, and Teske […]

Marisa Katz & Doug Micko Present Supreme Court Update

On September 8, 2015, Teske Micko partners Marisa Katz and Doug Micko co-presented a continuing legal education (CLE) seminar focused on important employment law cases from the United States Supreme Court’s 2015 Term. The presentation was made at the request of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association (MN-NELA), a member-based professional organization made […]

Teske Micko Appointed as Co-Lead Counsel Representing Class of Auto Loan Borrowers

On August 26, 2015, the Hon. Gary Oxenhandler, state court judge  in Columbia, Missouri, granted a motion to certify a class of Missouri borrowers with consumer claims against Cavalry Investments, LLC, and appointed Teske Micko as Class Counsel.  Partners Vildan Teske and Marisa Katz are litigating this class action lawsuit along with the Missouri law […]

Rochel Co-Organizes and Moderates FBA Labor & Employment Seminar

  On August 26, 2015, the Federal Bar Association’s (FBA) Labor & Employment Section hosted a continuing legal education (CLE) seminar. The seminar was co-hosted with the Minnesota Chapter of the FBA, and was held at Faegre Baker Daniels in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Brian Rochel of Teske Micko helped organize the event along with fellow Labor & […]

Teske Micko Open House

On August 5, 2015, the law firm of Teske, Micko, Katz, Kitzer & Rochel invited its colleagues, family, and friends to join them at an open house. “We’ve had some great changes in the last year—a new name, new partners, and new space—and we really wanted to celebrate these developments together with people we respect […]

Supreme Court Recognizes Constitutional Right to Marriage Equality

Today, the United States Supreme Court agreed that the Constitution granted the liberty “to define and express their identity” by “marrying someone of the same sex and having their marriages deemed lawful on the same terms and conditions as marriages between persons of the opposite sex.” The groundbreaking decision, available here, recognized that the personal choice […]

Phillip Kitzer Recognized as Up & Coming Attorney by Minnesota Lawyer

Phillip Kitzer, partner at Teske Micko, has been named an “Up & Coming Attorney” by Minnesota Lawyer. The Up & Coming Attorneys recognition is a prestigious honor awarded to a select few attorneys in Minnesota. Recognition is limited to lawyers in their first 10 years of practice who have already distinguished themselves by their achievements. The […]

8th Circuit Reverses Summary Judgment on FMLA Claims

The Eighth Circuit reversed summary judgment on an FMLA entitlement and discrimination claim.  In Hudson v. Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc., the Court found that sufficient evidence of FMLA discrimination and interference existed to allow the matter to proceed to trial.   ___ F.3d. ___, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 8479 (8th Cir. May 28, 2015).   Plaintiff Delbert […]

Teske Micko Lawyers Attend MDL Panel in Minneapolis

Vildan Teske, Phillip Kitzer and Brian Rochel attended the Judicial Panel on Multi-district Litigation (“MDL”) held at the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota in Minneapolis on May 28, 2015. Multi-district litigation (“MDL”) refers to a special federal legal procedure designed to speed the process of handling very complex civil cases. A portion […]

Micko Presents at Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute

Each year Minnesota CLE hosts the Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute (ELI), one of the most respected and well-known employment law seminars in the country. The event is held over two days in St. Paul, Minnesota. This year, Doug Micko presented on the “Basics of Minnesota’s Unemployment Insurance Law and Practice.” Micko’s presentation was attended by human resources […]

Vildan Teske Co-Moderates FBA Panel on Diversity in Legal Practice

Vildan Teske co-moderated a continuing legal education (CLE) seminar today sponsored by the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association entitled “Cultivating a Diverse Pipeline of New Attorneys in Uncertain Legal Times.”  The seminar was followed by a reception at the Radisson Blu in downtown Minneapolis.  The CLE kicked off with remarks by U.S. Magistrate […]

Teske Micko Settlement Proceeds Benefit Non-Profits Helping Servicemembers

Today, Fisher House Foundation and VeteransPlus each received $41,287.17 as part of a multi-million dollar class action settlement in a case that Teske Micko lawyers, Vildan Teske and Marisa Katz, and their retired partner Bill Crowder, litigated on behalf of thousands of servicemembers.  Under the settlement, the parties agreed that any unclaimed settlement funds would go to […]

Kitzer & Rochel Publish Article in FBA Labor & Employment Magazine

Teske Micko partners Brian Rochel and Phillip Kitzer co-authored an article in the Spring issue of The Labouring Oar, published by the Federal Bar Association’s (FBA) Labor and Employment Law Section. Phillip and Brian wrote the article along with Frances Baillon, partner at Baillon Thome. The article, titled “Is McDonnell Douglas Too Burdensome? Circuits Question the Utility […]

Teske Micko Defeats Summary Judgment in MHRA Disability Claims

In Oliver v. MCTC, Teske Micko attorney Brian Rochel, along with co-counsel Michelle Dye Neumann, successfully argued against the employer’s motion to dismiss Ms. Oliver’s Minnesota Human Rights Act claims. Ms. Oliver suffered a disabling injury at work and alleged that she was terminated because of her disability, and because she requested reasonable accommodation for […]

Service Members to Receive Over $123 Million for Unlawful Foreclosures Under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

The Justice Department today announced a major victory for servicemembers under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). The Justice Department reached a settlement with a group of mortgage servicers for improperly foreclosing on servicemembers’ homes. The five mortgage servicers are JP Morgan Chase Bank N.A. (JP Morgan Chase); Wells Fargo Bank N.A. and Wells Fargo & Co. (Wells Fargo); […]

Teske Micko Defeats Pretrial Motion to Dismiss, Court Limits Karst Ruling

In Jason Lindner v. Donatelli Bros. of White Bear Lake d/b/a Donatelli’s, the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota denied Defendant’s motion to dismiss Plaintiff Lindner’s retaliation claim. In an important opinion of first impression, the court held that Karst v. F.C. Hayer Co, 447 N.W.2d 180 (Minn. 1989), which bars discrimination claims […]

Class Action Settlement Checks Mailed to Class Members in Repossession Case

Settlement checks were mailed out today in a class action litigated on behalf of consumers in Minnesota and Missouri who were sent unlawful notices following the repossession of their vehicles. Class members will receive checks ranging from nearly $600 to more than $5,000, as well as nonmonetary benefits including the deletion of credit report trade […]

Rochel Moderates Panel of Federal Law Clerks

Brian Rochel moderated a panel of federal law clerks discussing practice pointers for employment and labor attorneys. The panel, entitled “Federal Law Clerks’ Tips on Trial and Dispositive Motions,” featured Katherine Bruce, law clerk to the Honorable Donovan W. Frank, Mark Betinsky, law clerk to the Honorable Richard J. Kyle, and Elizabeth Welter, law clerk […]

Minnesota Supreme Court Issues Landmark Ruling Ensuring Jury Trials in Retaliation Claims

Phillip Kitzer and co-counsel Michelle Dye Neumann received a favorable decision in a landmark decision from the Minnesota Supreme Court. In Darrel Schmitz v. United States Steel Corporation, Schmitz alleged he was terminated in retaliation for filing a workers’ compensation claim.  Schmitz requested a jury trial for his workers’ compensation retaliation claim under the Minnesota Constitution, […]

Kitzer & Rochel Defeat Summary Judgment in Federal Court

In Jason Lindner v. Donatelli Bros. of White Bear Lake d/b/a Donatelli’s, Brian Rochel and Phillip Kitzer defeated summary judgment in U.S. District Court. Lindner’s claims involved FMLA interference and retaliation as well as for seeking time off from work related to his disability. After 18 years of employment, Jason Lindner was fired while on FMLA leave […]

Teske Micko Lawyers Named Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Douglas Micko was recognized as a “Super Lawyer,” a distinction awarded to only 5% of attorneys in Minnesota. In addition, Marisa Katz, Phillip Kitzer and Brian Rochel were all recognized as “Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers. Each year, no more than 2.5% of practicing attorneys in the state receive this award, which is based on a […]

Vildan Teske Testifies at U.S. Senate Hearing on Consumer Rights & Arbitration

Vildan Teske testified in front of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee. The Senate hearing was entitled “The Federal Arbitration Act and Access to Justice: Will Recent Supreme Court Decisions Undermine the Rights of Consumers, Workers and Small Businesses?” The hearing was chaired by Senator Al Franken, D-MN, who introduced the Arbitration Fairness Act into the […]

Doug Micko Presents on Pregnancy and Pay Discrimination

At today’s 40th Annual Labor & Employment Law Institute, Doug Micko presented on a continuing education panel along with EEOC Commissioner Jenny R. Yang and other noted attorneys. The panel discussed cutting-edge issues involving pay and pregnancy discrimination. The discussion was prompted by this year marking both the 50th Anniversary of the Equal Pay Act […]

Vildan Teske Asked to Testify at U.S. Senate Hearing on Forced Arbitration

Vildan Teske has been asked to testify before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee at a hearing that will explore the impact of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on the ability of consumers, servicemembers, and employees to access justice through our civil court system. Vildan is a nationally-recognized expert in representing consumers and in class actions and […]

Vildan Teske Receives FBA Outstanding Achievement Award

Vildan Teske was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Federal Bar Association Robyn Spalter Outstanding Achievement Award.  The award is given to only one attorney in the nation and is named after past FBA president, Robyn Spalter. It recognizes one lawyer each year who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and professional achievement. The Robyn Spalter Outstanding […]

Class Action Settlement Approved in Mortgage Prepayment Case

The United States District Court for the District of Minnesota has granted final approval of a settlement in the case of Zellner-Dion v. Wilmington Finance, Inc., a class action involving mortgage prepayment penalties. The plaintiff had alleged that Wilmington Finance, Inc. charged home mortgage borrowers prepayment penalties that violated Minnesota law. The settlement included significant […]

Vildan Teske Authors National Consumer Law Center’s Consumer Class Actions Manual

Vildan Teske is a contributing author of the National Consumer Law Center’s (NCLC) Consumer Class Actions (8th Ed.)  The eighth edition of Consumer Class Actions published by the National Consumer Law Center is now in publication.  Vildan Teske is one of the national class action lawyers who served as a contributing author for this book. Herb […]