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Involuntary Terminations: Minnesota

Involuntary Terminations requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Angela Rud, Gray Plant Mooty


  • Minnesota has a unique law enabling employees who are terminated involuntarily to seek a written explanation from the employer within a specified period of time. See Notice of Involuntary Termination.
  • Minnesota employers may not retaliate against employees for engaging in lawful activities or because they discover facts regarding an employee's financial situation. See Anti-Retaliation Legislation.
  • Minnesota employers conducting a layoff, reduction in force or plant closing must notify the appropriate state agency, in accordance with Minnesota law. See Layoffs, Reductions in Force and Plant Closings.
  • Employees who report suspected violations of the law, participate in investigations pertaining to suspected violations, or otherwise refuse to commit crimes in the workplace are shielded by the Minnesota Whistleblower Act. See Whistleblower Protections.