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Overview

Susan K. Fitzke has significant experience advising clients on a broad range of employee relations issues from the initial hiring of employees to managing problem employees and investigations and through terminating employment, whether an individual discharge or broader reduction-in-force. She routinely advises clients with regard to employee leaves, disability and pregnancy accommodation issues; background check compliance issues; state and federal anti-discrimination laws; and whistleblower concerns, among other things. She also defends clients in litigation relating to such matters. She has specific experience litigating claims arising under:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The Sarbanes-Oxley Act
  • The Federal Railroad Safety Act
  • State anti-discrimination, leave, and whistleblower statutes
  • Various state law contract and tort theories

Additionally, Susan conducts training programs on issues of workplace harassment and managing problem employees. Her clients range from national and regional retailers and restaurants to companies in technology design and manufacturing, along with service providers.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

American Bar Association

Member

Minnesota State Bar Association

Member

Hennepin County Bar Association

Member

Employment Law Committee

Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association

Member

Minnesota Women Lawyers

Co-Editor

Minnesota Employment Law Newsletter, HR Specialist

Recognition

Named, Rising Star in Employment Litigation

Minnesota Law & Politics

News, Analysis & Press

The Mailbag

Minnesota Employment Law Newsletter - HR Specialist

August 1, 2015

NLRB’s Relentless Attack On Employment Policies Continues

Business Management Daily

July 10, 2015

NLRB's Relentless Attack On Employment Policies Continues

Minnesota Employment Law Newsletter - HR Specialist

July 1, 2015

Pregnancy Accommodations in Light of Young v. UPS Decision

Minnesota Employment Law Newsletter - HR Specialist

June 1, 2015

The MWA: More Time - and More Protection - For Whistleblowers

Minnesota Employment Law Newsletter - HR Specialist

May 1, 2015

What Counts - And Doesn't - As Part of a "Personnel Record"

Minnesota Employment Law Newsletter - HR Specialist

April 1, 2015

Weigh EEOC Guidance When Considering Criminal Histories

Minnesota Employment Law Newsletter - HR Specialist

March 1, 2015

NLRB Narrows Employer Limitations on Workplace Communications

Business Management Daily

February 3, 2015

NLRB Narrows Employer Limitations on Workplace Communications

Minnesota Employment Law Newsletter - HR Specialist

February 1, 2015

Job Applicant Screening: A Practical Guide

Minnesota State Bar Association

May 2014

How To: Background checks may be best left to the pros

Finance & Commerce

March 24, 2014

Speaking Engagements

Retail Industry Roundtable

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference, Scottsdale, AZ

May 6, 2016

Mental Illness and the ADAAA

Society for Human Resource Management Rochester, MN

October 13, 2015

Minnesota Labor and Employment Law Specialist Certification “And More” – Including Benefits Law, Immigration Law, Military Leave Rights, Drug Testing, Background Checks & Eight Other Significant Topic Areas

Minneapolis, MN

October 12, 2015

Mental Illness and the ADAAA

On Behalf of Clear Law Institute

August 27, 2015, February 6, 2015, December 5, 2014

ADA, FMLA, and Worker’s Comp: I’m hurt, I’m sick, I’m injured – so what now?

2014 Midwest Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Minneapolis, MN

November 6, 2014

When the Whistle Blows, Will You Be Ready?

2014 State Conference - SHRM Minnesota State Council

October 13, 2014

Mental Illness Under the ADA and FMLA: Avoiding and Defending Claims

Strafford Publications Inc.

July 9, 2014

Job Applicant Screening Crash Course

2014 Upper-Midwest Employment Law Institute - Minnesota State Bar CLE, St. Paul, MN

May 19, 2014

The Hiring Games What You Need to Know to Keep the Odds in Your Favor

2013 Midwest Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Minneapolis, MN

October 30, 2013
2012 Midwest Employer Conference

Minneapolis, MN

October 11, 2012

Managing Mental Health Issues: The Impact Of The ADAAA, W.C. And FMLA

2012 Midwest Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Minneapolis, MN

October 11, 2012
Two-Part FMLA CLE Series: Managing Intermittent FMLA Leave and Post-FMLA Accommodation

Minneapolis, MN

June 7, 2012

Education

  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, 1999cum laude
  • B.A., Michigan State University, 1995With Honors

Bar Admission

Minnesota
Wisconsin
Iowa

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin