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Megan L. Anderson

Megan Anderson is an MSBA-certified employment and labor law specialist and proactively partners with businesses, non-profit organizations, and higher education institutions to ensure employment law compliance and prevent legal claims. In addition, Megan works with colleges and universities on higher education and student affair compliance matters. Megan regularly advises and trains employers on the full range of employment law issues, including hiring, compensation, performance management, termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, workplace violence, leaves of absence, accommodations, employment policies, and employment-related contracts. In addition, she advises and trains higher education institutions on a host of higher education compliance issues, including but not limited to Title IX, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA), and the Clery Act.

In addition to providing preventative counseling and training services, Megan conducts investigations and legal compliance reviews for employers and higher education institutions. She also regularly represents employers and higher education institutions in administrative actions and in litigation when claims do arise.

Representative Experience

Employment Matters

  • Advised a number of nonprofit organizations on reasonable compensation rules for executives
  • Advised multiple clients on workplace violence prevention and response matters
  • Conducted transgender sensitivity training for employer in connection with employee's gender transition
  • Represented multiple businesses on the employment law aspects of a business acquisition
  • Conducted multiple investigations of allegations of employee workplace misconduct
  • Obtained dismissals of charges of discrimination and/or retaliation filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Minnesota Department of Human Rights, and other agencies
  • Obtained summary judgment and appellate rulings dismissing multiple race discrimination actions brought against a private employer
  • Defended and successfully resolved a putative class action involving employee misclassification and wage and hour claims
  • Obtained over $1 million civil judgment against a former employee as a result of his embezzlement of employer funds

Higher Education Matters

  • Obtained dismissal of charge of discrimination filed with the U.S. Department of Education
  • Obtained dismissal of race and gender discrimination claims filed by student in federal district court
  • Successfully represented higher education institutions in litigation arising out of institutional sexual misconduct proceedings
  • Conducted a privileged compliance review of Clery Act and Title IX policies, procedures, and practices of a private college located in Iowa
  • Conducted a privileged compliance review of a private university's drug and alcohol prevention program
  • Conducted an investigation of alleged sexual misconduct by a student of a private Minnesota college
  • Conducted a hazing investigation for a private Minnesota college involving allegations of hazing within Greek organizations
  • Provided interim Title IX coordinator services

Court Memberships

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S Supreme Court

Honors

  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Labor & Employment, 2018-2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2020
  • “North Star Lawyers,” Minnesota State Bar Association, 2012
  • White Belt in Legal Lean Sigma®
  • “Rising Star,” Minnesota Law & Politics, various years

Professional Affiliations

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Minnesota Management Attorney’s Association
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)

Publications

  • Author, Changing LGBTQ+ Workplace Demographics And Rights: How Prepared Are You?, HR Legal & Compliance Excellence, May 31, 2018
  • Co-Author, Mpls. and St. Paul sick leave ordinances take effect July 1, KARE 11, June 28, 2017
  • Co-Author, Prepare Now for Minneapolis and St. Paul's Paid Sick Leave Ordinances, Star Tribune, November 6, 2016
  • Chapter co-author, A New Age for Campus Safety: Sexual Violence, Relationship Violence, and Stalking, Emerging Issues in College and University Campus Security, Aspatore, August 8, 2015
  • Co-Author, More than being PC: Transgender rights in the workplace, Star Tribune, August 2, 2015
  • Author, NLRB, EEOC Confidentiality Stance Muddles Investigations, The HR Specialist, October 1, 2013
  • Author, Employers Win Nassar Battle, But Retaliation War Continues, The HR Specialist, September 1, 2013
  • Co-Author, Franchised Employees Might Be Employees of Franchisor, Law Journal Newsletters, Franchising Business & Law Alert, Volume 19, Number 6, March 1, 2013
  • Author, It's Time To Review Your Criminal History Screening Practices, Business Management Daily, August 22, 2012
  • Author, 7 Ways You Can Put An End To Workplace Bullying, Minnesota Employment Law, October 1, 2011
  • Author, After Supreme Court Decision, What You Must Do To Prevent Retaliation, Minnesota Employment Law, April 1, 2011
  • Author, Conducting Online Background Checks? Beware The Pitfalls, Minnesota Employment Law, October 1, 2010
  • Author, Reasons To Prepare Your Workplace For A Possible Flu Pandemic, www.MinnesotaBusiness.com, June 1, 2009
  • Author, Preparing Your Workplace For A Possible Swine Flu Pandemic, Minnesota Employment Law, April 27, 2009
  • Author, Workplace violence: Hope for the best but plan for the worst, Minnesota Employment Law, December 1, 2008
  • Co-Author, Court Watch: Prevention Tips—Retaliation, EPLI Monitor, a publication by Gen Re Research, November 1, 2008
  • Co-Author, Campus Safety Plan Checklist, Connections, The Bi-Annual Newsletter of MNCUPA-HR, July 1 2008
  • Author, One Year Later—Campus Safety Efforts Following the Virginia Tech Tragedy, Education Law Update, April 1, 2008
  • Author, Is Your Employee Handbook Updated?: Policies To Consider Revising or Adding to Your Handbook, Employment Edge 73rd Edition, July 1, 2007
  • Author, Employment Law Issues in Asset Transactions, Minnesota State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, January 1, 2003

Presentations

  • Co-presenter, Employment and Benefits Update: The Impact of the MeToo Movement, Rollbacks, and Executive Compensation Changes, Gray Plant Mooty 22nd Annual Health Law Conference, July 19, 2018
  • Co-presenter, LGBTQ Workplace Rights: An Evolving Civil Rights Frontier, Gray Plant Mooty 2017 Employment and Labor Law Seminar, May 1, 2017
  • Presenter, Gender Identity Rights in the Workplace: The New Civil Rights Frontier, MN Employment Law Institute Webinar, July 20, 2016
  • Presenter, Transgender Students and Employees: The New Civil Rights Frontier?, trainED, February 11, 2016
  • Presenter, Employment Law Update, 2015 MN SHRM Conference, October 12, 2015
  • Presenter, The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and The New Minnesota Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA), Aging Services of Minnesota’s 2014 Annual Meeting and Leadership Forum, September 18, 2014
  • Presenter, Employment Law Update, GPM 18th Annual Health Law Conference, July 17, 2014
  • Presenter, Two Sides of the Same Coin: Balancing Workplace Diversity Initiatives and Nondiscrimination Laws, 2014 Nonprofit Leadership Conference, McNamara Alumni Center, June 26, 2014
  • Co-presenter, Employee Handbooks: What’s In, What’s Out, and What’s New, GPM Employment Law Seminar, April 1, 2013
  • Co-presenter, Social Media Compliance: Tips for Hiring and Managing Employees in a Rapidly Changing High Tech Age, GPM Employment Law Seminar, April 1, 2013
  • Presenter, Employment Law Update, GPM Employment Seminar, October 1, 2011
  • “Employee Handbooks: What’s In, What’s Out, and What’s New?,” MN Banker’s Association Seminar, September 1, 2011
  • “Harassment and Bullying in the Workplace,” Minnesota Telecom Alliance’s HR and Office Managers Peer Group, April 1, 2011
  • “Documenting Poor Performance & Termination Basics,” Minnesota Telecom Alliance’s Annual Convention, March 1, 2011
  • “Who Gives a Tweet About Social Media? Hiring and Employment Practices in a High-Tech World,” GPM Employment Law Seminar, April 21, 2010
  • “Employee Handbooks: What’s In, What’s Out,” Minnesota Telecom Association Convention, March 1, 2010
  • “Employee Handbooks: What’s In, What’s Out,” Minnesota Telecom Association Convention, March 1, 2010
  • “Conducting Lawful Background Checks in a High Tech World,” Aging Services of America, October 1, 2009
  • “The Amended ADA, FMLA, and New Regulations: What You Need to Know” Minnesota Telecom Association’s Human Resources group, September 1, 2009
  • “Hope for the Best, but Prepare for the Worst: Workplace Violence Prevention and Response Planning,” Hennepin County Bar Association CLE, May 1, 2009
  • “Planning for Stress: Maintaining Sanity and Legality When Downsizing in the Current Economy,” Ridgeview Business Health Seminar, April 1, 2009
  • “Hope for the Best, but Prepare for the Worst: Workplace Violence Prevention and Response Planning,” Gray Plant Mooty Employment Seminar, October 1, 2008
  • “Violence Prevention & Response Planning in the Wake of Virginia Tech,” MNCUPA HR Seminar, October 1, 2007
  • “Crisis and Disaster Management for HR Professionals,” Gray Plant Mooty Employment Seminar, March 1, 2007
  • “Employment Law Issues in Asset Transactions,” Minnesota State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, January 1, 2007
  • “Managing Employee Leaves of Absence,” Gray Plant Mooty Employment Seminar, October 1, 2005
  • “Retaliation Claims: Wagging the Dog,” Gray Plant Mooty Employment Seminar, 
    October 1, 2005
  • “Privacy, Electronic Communications & Recordkeeping,” Gray Plant Mooty Employment Seminar, January 1, 2003
  • “Year in Review: Important Labor and Employment Law Decisions from the 2001-02 U.S. Supreme Court Term,” Hennepin County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, September 1, 2002
  • “Post 9/11 Issues In The Workplace,” Hennepin County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, December 1, 2001
  • “Web Site, Internet, And E-Mail Risk Management,” Gray Plant Mooty Seminar, July 1, 2001
  • “Workshop on Managing Workplace Violence,” Gray Plant Mooty Seminar, June 1, 2001

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