Overview

Kurt J. Erickson has significant experience in representing public and private employers in labor and employment matters. He appears regularly before state and federal courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, as well as proceedings before other state administrative tribunals. Kurt routinely defends clients in litigation matters, including class action litigation, involving discrimination and harassment, accommodation issues, whistleblowing and retaliation, breach of contract, unfair labor practices, and trade secret and non-compete issues.  In addition, he provides advice and counsel to clients on these matters and other employment law issues such as drafting of employee handbooks, policies and procedures and the hiring, performance management and termination of employees.

Prior to joining Littler, Kurt was a partner at a large national employment law firm and also worked as in-house corporate counsel for a major airline, where he managed nationwide employment litigation and provided counsel on a wide range of employment related matters. He also served as special assistant and assistant attorney general with the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, where he handled a variety of disputes involving race, gender and disability discrimination.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

American Bar Association

Member

Federal Bar Association

Member

Labor and Employment Law Section

Minnesota State Bar Association

Member

Hennepin County Bar Association

Member

Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association and Defense Research Institute

Private Volunteer Attorney

Pro Bono Program, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services

Board Member

Board of Directors for the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce

Recognition

Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating

Martindale-Hubbell

Certified, Labor and Employment Specialist

Minnesota State Bar Association

Awarded, Minnesota Northstar Award for Providing Pro Bono Legal Services

Speaking Engagements

COVID-19 and Unemployment Compensation in Minnesota

TwinWest Chamber of Commerce

March 31, 2020

Effective Ways to Protect Your Organization Against FMLA Abuse

Seminar for Your Employer Association, the MRA

March 12, 2020

COVID-19: Construction Industry Update on the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis From a Labor Perspective

Associated General Contractors

March 18, 2020

Issues and Insights Legislative Breakfast Series

TwinWest Chamber of Commerce

March 13, 2020

TAKE ACTION NOW: Top-priority Compliance Advice to Respond to the Rapidly Changing Legal Environment

Midwest Employer Conference

October 3, 2019

MRA: HR Roundtable, Work Comp, FMLA, and ADA

Seminar for Your Employer Association, the MRA

March 14, 2019

Minnesota Legislative Update: The Times, They Are a Changin’

Midwest Employer Conference

November 8, 2018

Litigation - Religious Accommodations, Beliefs, and Practices

Brainerd Lakes Area Human Resources Association

October 11, 2018

Restrictive Covenants and Proprietary Information: g Pitfalls and Managing Risk

Client Seminar

August 22, 2018

Changes to Sexual Harassment Law in Minnesota? The Answers, My Friends, Are Blowing in the Wind

June 20, 2018

Critical Employment Law Updates for Business Owners

Seminar for Your Employer Association, the MRA

March 16, 2018

When Crime Doesn’t Get You Pay: What Criminals and Employment Lawyers Need to Know

Minnesota State Bar Association Seminar

March 14, 2018

Disabilities, Accommodations, and Leaves… Oh My! Addressing Complex FMLA and ADAAA Issues

Midwest Employer Conference

October 26, 2017

Minnesota Employment Law Update

Hennepin County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section

April 2016

At the Intersection of Criminal and Employment Law: Recent Developments on Criminal Expungement, Background Checks and the Fair Credit Reporting Act

Hennepin County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section

September 2015

Minnesota Employment Law Update

Hennepin County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section

January 2015

Minnesota Employment Law Update

Hennepin County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section

January 2015

Minnesota Employment Law Update

2014 State Conference – Minnesota SHRM

October 2014

Discussion of the Sexual Harassment Case of Rasmussen v. Two Harbors Fish Company

Hennepin County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section

April 2014

Update on Retaliation Claims, Minnesota Workers’ Compensation

Lorman Seminars

February 2014

When Crime Doesn't Get You Pay: Criminal Law Basics for Employment Attorneys and Employment Law Basics for Criminal Attorneys

Hennepin County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section

January 2014

The Undiscovered Country: New, Cutting Edge Retaliation Claims in Minnesota, and How to Avoid Them

Hennepin County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section

March 2013

Education

  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law Schoolcum laude
  • B.A., University of Minnesotasumma cum laude

Bar Admission

Minnesota

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona