Overview

John H. Lassetter represents employers in collective, class and hybrid actions brought under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage and hour laws. He has successfully defeated certification in a number of threatened nationwide collective actions and has resolved many other cases involving the complicated legal issues that arise in wage and hour litigation. His practice also focuses on consulting with a wide range of employers on wage and hour compliance, ensuring best practices and avoiding class litigation. 

In addition to his specific focus on wage and hour issues, John counsels clients on a variety of other labor and employment issues including compliance with federal, state and local labor and employment laws, policy formation and implementation, leave management, disability accommodations, restrictive covenants, hiring and terminations, and workplace investigations and disciplinary proceedings. He has also represented clients in disputes involving race, ethnicity, age, gender, disability, and sexual orientation discrimination and harassment allegations, whistleblower and other retaliatory discharge claims, and unfair competition and trade secret disputes. 

John is a member of the Executive Committee of the Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce - Upper Midwest Chapter and is actively involved with the Norwegian-American community in Minnesota. 

 

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

National Labor & Employment Law Section - Standing Committee on Legislation and Congressional Relations

Federal Bar Association

Member

Employment Law Section

Minnesota State Bar Association

Member

Minneapolis Torske Klubben Norwegian Luncheon Club

Vice President

Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce, Upper Midwest Chapter

News, Analysis & Press

New Overtime Rules Impact Minnesota’s Wage and Hour Laws

Minnesota Employment Law Newsletter - HR Specialist

August 2016

In the Spotlight: DOL Releases Proposed Revisions to ‘White Collar’ Overtime Exemptions

Minnesota Employment Law Newsletter

HR Specialist

October 2015

You Screen, I Screen, EEOC Screams when we Screen: Avoiding EEOC Scrutiny of Pre-Employment Screening Practices

Spring 2012 Newsletter

CUPA-HR, Minnesota Chapter

Spring 2012

2010 Update

Summary Guide to Discrimination Claims

Minnesota Continuing Legal Education

April 2010

Samson v. California: 'Evil' Suspicionless Searches Become a Part of Everyday Life for Parolees

Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice

Summer 2007

Speaking Engagements

Independent Contractors, Temporary Employees, and Interns… Oh My! Navigating Nonemployees in an Employee Friendly Legal Landscape

TCSHRM Webinar

September 19, 2018

EEOC Charges from A to Z

Twin Cities SHRM Chapter (TCSHRM) Webinar

October 18, 2017

The Shift of Employment-Law Policymaking from Congress to the Executive, the States and Local Governments

Federal Bar Association

November 10, 2016

Work Like a Boss: Contingent Workforces and Independent Contractors

2016 Midwest Employer Conference, Minneapolis, MN

October 4, 2016
DOL Issues Final Overtime Rule - Minneapolis

Minneapolis, MN

June 23, 2016

The DOL’s Proposed Changes to the White Collar Overtime Regulations and the Ongoing Attack on Independent Contractor Misclassification

2015 Midwest Employer Conference

Minneapolis, MN

October 29, 2015

The Carrot and the Stick: How to Effectively Use Rule 68 Offers and When to Reject Them

Federal Bar Association Annual Convention, Salt Lake City, UT

September 10, 2015

The New DOL Wage and Hour Regulations: Challenges and Opportunities

Association of Corporate Counsel, Minnesota Chapter, Minneapolis, MN

July 22, 2015

Bankruptcy and Successor Liability in Discrimination Claims

Minnesota State Bar Association Minneapolis, MN

December 17, 2014

Adapt, Armor & Avoid: Checkmating the Next New Thing in Wage & Hour Litigation

2014 Midwest Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Minneapolis, MN

November 6, 2014

Status Update: Social Media in the Workplace

2013 Midwest Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Minneapolis, MN

October 30, 2013

Legal Implications Of Social Media In The Workplace: Tough Issues From The Trenches

2012 Midwest Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Minneapolis, MN

October 11, 2012

Education

  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, 2008magna cum laude
  • B.A., University of Utah, 2005magna cum laude

Languages

  • Norwegian
  • Swedish

Bar Admission

Minnesota
North Dakota

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin