The Minnesota Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion on August 9, 2017 in Friedlander v. Edwards Lifesciences, LLC, finding that the 2013 amendments to the Minnesota Whistleblower Act (“MWA”) abrogated the requirement that a report be made for the purpose of exposing an illegality in order to be protected under the statute. With the court’s narrow ruling in Friedlander, the purpose of an employee’s report is irrelevant to the determination of whether the report can be the basis of a whistleblower claim. In other words, an employee may not need to have been attempting to expose an employer’s suspected illegal conduct in order to bring a retaliation claim in Minnesota
Articles Discussing Whistleblower Claims In Minnesota.
On January 20, 2016, the Minnesota Supreme Court affirmed the Minnesota Court of Appeals’ decision in Ford v. Minneapolis Public Schools in a narrow holding that leaves unanswered some important questions regarding whistleblower liability.1
On May 24, 2013, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed into law a bill that the plaintiff’s bar is likely to argue expands the scope of whistleblower protections for both public and private sector employees under the Minnesota Whistleblower Act (“MWA”). The bill, originally touted as a narrow expansion of protection afforded to certain state employees, adds new statutory definitions that apply to private employers as well.