E & U News

MN veteran’s billion dollar legal battle – The saga continues . . .

Sheila Engelmeier quoted in article on disclosure of sexual assault victim’s identity by former DOC official

Breaking the Ice: Learning from both sides in employment cases

Sheila Engelmeier

Name: Sheila Engelmeier

Title: Attorney and founder, Engelmeier & Umanah

Education: B.A., political science, Hamline University; J.D., University of Minnesota Law School Sheila Engelmeier said the motivation to start Engelmeier & Umanah came in part from "being tired of tall buildings with a bunch of people that were very focused on money."

Engelmeier had worked for big firms before Engelmeier & Umanah’s 2009 launch. The firm, which has offices in Minneapolis and St. Cloud, represents employers and employees in employment law cases.

"You learn a whole bunch of things when you sit on both sides," Engelmeier said. The firm’s work in the often-cited Ewald v. Royal Norwegian Embassy pay-discrimination case resulted in awards of $270,000 in lost wages and emotional distress damages for the plaintiff and $2.1 in attorney fees. The latter amount, Engelmeier said, is the largest she knows of in a single-plaintiff gender pay case.

See the full article at: https://minnlawyer.com/2019/07/31/breaking-the-ice-learning-from-both-sides-in-employment-cases/

Sheila Engelmeier to speak at the NCSL 2019 Legislative Summit in Nashville, Tennessee on Monday, August 5, 2019, from 3:15 pm to 5 pm on The Evolution and Legal Considerations of Workplace Harassment Policies. Today's legislative workplace harassment policies aren't the policies of 20 years ago. State legislatures are evolving to keep current with new legal considerations and increased awareness and understanding of harassment issues. Examine the evolution of these policies and the legal implications of implementing them, along with training requirements and disciplinary procedures.

Congratulations to E&U’s Super Quartet – 2019 Super Lawyers®

Engelmeier & Umanah, P.A. is pleased to announce Sheila Engelmeier, Thomas E. Marshall, Charles V. Firth and Susanne J. Fischer were named 2019 Minnesota Super Lawyers®. At E&U, we believe all of our attorneys and legal professionals are Super, and we are especially proud of Sheila, Tom, Charlie and Sue for being recognized by their peers over multiple years for their leadership and professional achievements. The Minnesota Super Lawyers® listings are published annually and are a supplement in Twin Cities Business and Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazines.

At Engelmeier & Umanah we truly believe that providing outstanding service means more than just addressing clients’ current legal needs. Our detail-oriented and client-focused approach involves working closely with our clients to uncover creative and practical solutions to their individual, business and legal needs, now and in the future. This approach is what makes E&U Super! Please feel free to contact Sheila, Charlie, Tom, Sue or any of our other legal professionals to assist you.

Ivory Umanah presented "How to Handle Creditors’ Claims Against the Estate" on June 10, 2019 at the 2019 Probate & Trust Law Section Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Ivory Umanah Presention

Minnesota’s Wage Theft Law Takes Effect July 1, 2019!

MN veteran’s billion dollar legal battle

Sheila Engelmeier spoke at the 2019 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, as follows:

  • May 20, 2019 on Sex Harassment After #MeToo – The Latest Cases, Laws and Practice; and
  • May 21, 2019 on Reasonable Accommodation or Undue Hardship.

Employment Law Institute

Tom Marshall to present - Civil Litigation A to Z: Case Management – E-Discovery Tips – a MN CLE Webcast on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.

Attorney Jacqueline Schuh Continues the David and Goliath Battle against the VA

Tom Marshall quoted on his case, Wise v. Stonebridge, in Minnesota Lawyer

Senate bill backs ‘severe or pervasive’ harassment standard

Veteran behind federal emergency care law change remains without refund from VA

Sheila Englemeier on the Paul & Jordana Show discusses the laws in Minnesota for taping conversations in the workplace in light of Omerosa taping conversations in the White House, Tuesday, August 14th

Sheila Engelmeier Quoted in Blomberg Law

Sheila Engelmeier interviewed for #ChurchToo Women Accuse Minnesota Pastor of Inappropriate Conduct Story KMSP

Sheila Engelmeier quoted in the Minneapolis Star Tribune

Jordana Green Interviews Sheila Engelmeier on the Weinstein allegations and sexual harassment, October 10, 2017

Shelia Engelmeier Quoted in the Star Tribune

A precedential win for E&U’s "David," attorney Jacqueline Schuh and client against "Goliath," the Department of Veterans Services.

Sheila Engelmeier and Sue Fisher attended the 2017 MWL Conference for Women in the Law, Radisson Blu Hotel, Minneapolis, Friday, April 21, 2017 7:30 AM-4:30 PM.

E&U is proud to announce that Jacqueline Schuh was selected a 2016 Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer

Appeals Court Finds the VA Wronged Vets by Ignoring 2010 Law

Data Detective Helps Solve Legal Cases

E&U’s Charlie Firth Helps a Visually-impaired Job Applicant Achieve a settlement of $185,000

Sheila Engelmeier Participates in Power of 100

Congratulations to our 2016 Super Lawyers ®

Sheila Engelmeier featured in " Smart from the heart," 2014 Super Lawyer Magazine

Judge: Norway Law Applies in Minneapolis Job-Bias Lawsuit

Norwegian Consulate Sued Over Claim of Unequal Pay

Racing Officials Say They're Being Unfairly Targeted

Two Racing Commission Officials Being Investigated by State

E & U Wins Trial and Recovers $456,000 in Disability Case

Video

Jacqueline Schuh interviewed in the on-going fight for reimbursement to veterans

Sheila Engelmeier Interviewed Regarding Gender Pay and Inequity.

Sheila Engelmeier Interviewed Regarding Resignation of Exonerated Deputy Executive Director and Discrimination Investigation of MN Racing Commission Chairman.

Events

Jackie Schuh presented "The Use of Trusts in Estate Planning" on August 6, 2019 at the 2019 Strategic Solutions for Solo & Small Firms Conference in Duluth, MN.

Sheila Engelmeier will be presenting "The Termination Meeting – A Step by Step Guide" at the MN CLE Employee Discipline & Discharge seminar on October 28, 2019 from 2:45 pm to 3:45 pm . The MN CLE Conference Center is located at 600 Nicollet Mall, #370, Minneapolis, MN 55402.

On March 15, 2019, Sheila Engelmeier testified before the Minnesota Legislature on S.F. 2295 (Housley) Sexual harassment definition clarification bill. Her testimony starts at 4:33.

On February 25, 2019, Sheila Engelmeier was a part of a panel discussion on The Bully – The Law and Where It’s Heading at the Minnesota CLE Conference Center.

Sheila Engelmeier and Susanne Fischer, the minds behind the RESPECT EFFECT workplace training program, conducted a workshop with the members of the House of Representatives on January 10, 2019. The session included creating a respectful work environment free of harassment, discrimination and retaliation. House Speaker Melissa Hortman described this workshop as, "really excellent live training."

Sheila Engelmeier and Sue Fischer to present MN CLE Webcast: Employment A to Z: Terminating an Employee: Considerations, Communications and Aftermath on Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 9:00 AM TO 11:00 AM.

Sue Fischer and Tom Marshall to present Employment Practices to Consider: Is Your Workplace Safe? for USI Insurance Services on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Program Title: #MeToo in the Law Firm: Sex harassment, gender discrimination and other employment exposures in 2018

Producer: Chuck Lundberg

Blurb: Since the unprecedented and momentous developments known as the #MeToo Movement or the Reckoning exploded last fall, claims against law firms based on sex harassment, gender discrimination, and pay/promotion disparity issues have become a daily fixture in the legal press. This panel will discuss how the law firm exposure landscape has been fundamentally altered by these developments, explore the unique challenges these employment-based claims pose for law firms, and provide insight on defense, resolution, and avoidance strategies.

Panelists:

  • Cynthia Carter, Executive Claims Consultant- Berkely Select
  • Camille Olson, Partner- Seyfarth Shaw
  • Sheila Engelmeier – Engelmeier & Umanah

https://www.americanbar.org/groups/lawyers_professional_liability/national-legal-malpractice-conference.html

Sheila Engelmeier to present "Workplace Safety" at the Minnesota Governmental Relations Council, a Minnesota CLE Event on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Minnesota Senate Building, 95 University Avenue W., Suite 1150, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Sheila Engelmeier and Sue Fischer to present at the MDLA - Making Diversity Work, Practical Steps for Implementing Cultural Change on Tuesday June 19, 2018, 6:15 p.m. to 7:10 p.m. at Target Field, 1 Twins Way.

Sue Fischer to serve as Moderator - Inside the Minnesota Department of Human Rights - In-Depth Interview with Commissioner Lindsey and Other MDHR Officials at The 2018 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute on Monday, May 21, 2018 from 11:25 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. at the Saint Paul RiverCentre, 199 Kellogg Blvd W, St Paul, MN

Sheila Engelmeier is participating in a panel - Accommodating Mental Health Disabilities - Challenges and Practical Guidance at The 2018 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute on Monday, May 21, 2018 from 8:10 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at the Saint Paul RiverCentre, 199 Kellogg Blvd W, St. Paul, MN

Sheila Engelmeier is participating in a panel - What's the Harm? - Evaluating and Proving Damages at The 2018 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute on Monday, May 21, 2018 from 11:25 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. at the Saint Paul RiverCentre, 199 Kellogg Blvd W, St. Paul, MN

Sheila Engelmeier & Susanne J. Fischer will be speaking at the Business Law Institute on May 7, 2018 at 12:20 p.m. on the "Changing the Culture of Business: Workplace Lawyers’ Perspectives" at the Minnesota CLE Conference Center, 600 Nicollet Mall # 370, 3rd Floor, City Center, Minneapolis, MN 55402.

Thomas E. Marshall will be speaking at the Business Law Institute on May 7, 2018 at 1:15 p.m. on the "Use and Enforcement of Non-Compete and Confidentiality Agreements" at the Minnesota CLE Conference Center, 600 Nicollet Mall # 370, 3rd Floor, City Center, Minneapolis, MN 55402.

Ivory Umanah and Jackie Schuh to present When Legal and Family Matters Collide, a Routine Probate Turns Ugly at the 44th Annual Probate & Trust Law Section Conference on Tuesday, June 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Saint Paul RiverCentre, 199 Kellogg Blvd W, St Paul, MN 55102.

Sue Fischer to present MSBA Investigator Training - An Update on the Challenges of Mental Health and Disabilities in the Workplace
Monday, April 30, 2018 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Glacial Lakes Room / Minnesota State Bar Association Minneapolis, MN

Ivory Umanah to present A Good Way to Give: Irrevocable Trusts 2:15 - 3:30 p.m. on March 15, 2018 for the Understanding Trusts CLE at the Minnesota CLE Conference Center, 600 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN. Ivory will discuss the importance of irrevocable trusts as important estate planning tool requiring careful preparation in light of the potential transfer tax consequences. His presentation will cover the appropriateness of utilizing an insurance trust and how such trusts escape estate taxation. He will also discuss the use of common gift trusts such as cabin trusts in estate planning.

Sheila Engelmeier to present "Investigator’s Training - An Update on Sexual Harassment" at a Minnesota State Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section seminar, on Friday, February 16, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the law office of Dorsey & Whitney, 50 S. 6th Street, Suite 1500, Seattle Room, Minneapolis, MN 55402.

Sheila Engelmeier to present "The State of Sexual Harassment: How the Courts Are Dealing with These Claims, Tips for Successful Prosecution, and How To Improve the Law" at a Minnesota NELA Event on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Minnesota Association for Justice, MAJ Classroom, Baker Building, 706 2nd Avenue S., Suite 140, Minneapolis, MN 55402.

Sheila Engelmeier presented at the Careers in Labor & Employment Law, "Hybrid Practice, Plaintiffs’ Work and ADR/Mediation", University of St. Thomas School of Law, November 2, 2017 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Downtown Campus, 11th & LaSalle, Room 328.

Sheila Engelmeier to present "Employment Law Series: The Workplace Bully-The Law & Practical Tips for Managing the Conduct Webcast", MN CLE, July 26, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, CLE Conference Center, 3rd Floor City Center, 7th Street & Nicollet.

Ivory Umanah to present Is Probate Necessary?/Probate vs. Non Probate Assets 10:00 - 10:30 and Proving Will Validity, Petitioning and Top Problems, 11:00 - 11:30 for the Probate Boot Camp Video Webcast on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 from Eastern: 10:00 am-5:00 pm Central: 9:00 am-4:00 pm Mountain: 8:00 am-3:00 pm and Pacific: 7:00 am-2:00 pm.
Probate Boot Camp

Sheila Engelmeier will be speaking at the MSBA / CLE Presentation, "Solo 201 – The Next Steps in Growing & Maintaining a Successful Practice" on March 1, 2017 from 2:10 p.m. to 3:10 p.m. at the MSBA, Presidents Room, 600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380, Minneapolis, MN

Jacqueline Schuh and Ivory Umanah to present at the NBI Live Teleconference "5 Steps to a Better Probate" on March 3, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST (10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. CST).

Sheila Engelmeier and Sue Fischer to speak at the Minnesota Early Childhood Educator's Conference - The Nuts and Bolts of Minnesota Break & Leave Laws Including New Sick Leave Policy on March 17, 2017 from 1:45 pm - 3:45 pm, Concordia University, 1282 Concordia Avenue St. Paul, Minnesota 55104

Sheila Engelmeier and Sue Fischer to present Exempt or Non-Exempt: Employer's Wage and Hour Law Obligations at the 2017 MnAEYC-Mn SACA Annual State Conference on Friday, February 3, 2017 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Saint Paul RiverCentre, 199 Kellogg Blvd W, St Paul, MN 55102.

Third Biannual Fall Seminar - What's Your Plan? Sensible Strategies for Navigating Your Challenging Choices on November 17, 2016

Engelmeier & Umanah, P.A.’s Third Biannual Fall Seminar - What's Your Plan? Sensible Strategies for Navigating Your Challenging Choices on November 17, 2016. In addition to the information contained in the invite, we have confirmed that the Honorable Jennifer Frisch, Second Judicial District Judge will be our Keynote Speaker! The seminar is free and full of valuable information. Please RSVP no later than November 3, 2016

The Nuts and Bolts of Minnesota Break and Leave Laws July 20, 2016 from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. in Wells Fargo Insurance St. Louis Park, Minneapolis.

American Conference Institute’s 8th Annual Forum on Defending and Managing Employment Discrimination Litigation in Chicago, IL at the Omni Chicago Hotel July 28-29, 2016. Expert Strategies for Leading Litigators and In-House Counsel.

The Changing Nature of Accommodation – Pregnancy, Disability and Religion Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute conference May 24, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. Breakout Session H.
This panel discussed the evolving legal landscape regarding reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees, including the EEOC’s recent interpretive guidance and the Supreme Court ruling in Young v UPS. The panel also reviewed important developments in religious discrimination and accommodation in light of the Supreme Court’s Abercrombie decision, as well as reviewed the complex nature of accommodating employees with a disability, including whether telecommuting and time off may be required accommodations. Finally, the panel provided some practical tips on how to comply with an employer’s duty to reasonably accommodate pregnancy, disability and religion issues.

Prayer Breaks and Other Religious Accommodation Questions Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute conference May 23, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. Breakout Session C.
How does an employer respond to religious accommodation requests? How does an employer balance business needs with employee desires? Are there compromises that can be reached? When is it an undue hardship? What cases have arisen and what do the courts say? How do you avoid claims of religious discrimination or harassment?

E-Discovery Checklist: Effectively Communicating a Litigation Hold to Your Client Minnesota CLE webcast seminar May 5, 2016 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
In this presentation, part of a series of six E-Discovery Checklist topics, presenter Sheila Engelmeier reviewed the "must-do’s" to effectively communicate a litigation hold to a client – whether individual or entity. Materials included a checklist prepared by the presenter to guide you through this topic and to use in your practice.

Ivory Umanah was a panelist at the MABL CLE on the importance of having an estate plan, tax implications, possible ways to avoid estates and trusts litigation, and what to do should you find yourself in that situation (these are topics that are rarely talked about among the various affinity bars). The CLE was held and hosted by Stinson Leonard Street on Thursday, April 7, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sheila Engelmeier and Sue Fischer presented at the Minnesota Childcare Conference Association (MCCA) at the Colonial Church of Edina April 19, 2016, 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m

Performance management is one of the most challenging responsibilities of a supervisor. Effective screening, hiring and discipline in a time and positive manner will improve employee performance and minimize the risk of legal claims against the organization. Sheila Engelmeier & Sue Fischer presented Effective Performance Management, Discipline & Discharge at the Minnesota Lutheran Early Childhood Educators Conference on February 19 and 20, 2016, which included tips for performance modification and proper documentation of performance.

Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdictional Act, NBI, Inc. webcast, January 28, 2016. (Ivory Umanah). Click here for materials.

Ivory Umanah and Jacqueline M. Schuh presented: Who is your client and in what capacity is the client seeking representation?; applicable rules governing your responsibilities to your client; conflicts of interest considerations; how to address issues of diminished capacity in those you represent; and attorneys in fiduciary roles, should you or should you not? December 8, 2015 as part of the MN CLE's December Estate Webcast.

Managing (Mis)Behavior in Executives, Key Employees, and Board Members Minnesota CLE Board Governance seminar December 7, 2015, at 3:45 p.m.
Business leaders' behavior (or misbehavior) may create unique legal and human resource problems. In those situations, other leaders or employees may be hesitant to intervene. Therefore, it's essential that legal, HR, and the board help create a culture that consistently creates, supports and actualizes integrity, and rewards honesty from employees and vendors. Hear practical advice and tips for meeting this goal.
- Sheila A. Engelmeier Click here for materials

The Changing Nature of Accommodation - Pregnancy, Disability and Religion 2015 Labor & Employment Law Institute, November 19, 2015, at 2:35 p.m.
This panel discussed the evolving legal landscape regarding reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees, including the EEOC's recent interpretive guidance and the Supreme Court ruling in Young v UPS. The panel will also review important development in religious discrimination and accommodation in light of the Supreme Court's Abercrombie decision, as well as reviewed the complex nature of accommodating employees with a disability, including whether telecommuting and time off may be required accommodations. Finally, the panel provided some practical tips on how to comply with an employer's duty to reasonably accommodate pregnancy, disability and religion issues.
- Sheila A. Engelmeier, Kathleen A. Hughes & Laurie Vasichek

Tom Marshall and Sue Fischer presented Unjust and Embarrassing Minnesota Workplace Pay Equality from the landmark Equal Pay Act case of Ewald v. The Royal Norwegian Embassy. They discussed the case, the result, and the lessons learned from litigating a case against a foreign country on November 11, 2015 as part of the Minnesota Paralegal Association Litigation Sectional at the Nilan Johnson law firm.

Sheila Engelmeier and Tom Marshall presented a reprise of "The Nuts and Bolts of Minnesota Break and Leave Laws" on October 7, 2015 as part of the MN CLE's October Employment Law Webcast Series

How to Start Your First Guardianship, 2015 Probate & Trust Law Section Conference, June 8, 2015 (Ivory Umanah, Co-Presenter)

Non-Tax Case Law Update, 2015 Probate & Trust Law Section Conference, June 8, 2015 (Ivory Umanah, Co-Presenter)

Kids Protection Planning, Minnesota Parent Education Fair, September 27, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Como Park (Ivory Umanah)

The Dirty Dozen: Dreadful Discipline and Discharge Decisions by Employers, MN CLE Conference Center, Webcast, July 9, 2014, at 12:00 p.m. (Sheila Engelmeier and Thomas Marshall)

Discovery Wars: A View from the Trenches and Above, 2014 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, Breakout Session G, May 20, 2014, at 11:25 a.m. (Sheila Engelmeier)

Proof of the Disparate Treatment Case, 2014 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, Breakout Session E, May 19, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. (Sheila Engelmeier)

Mediation from the Mediator's Point of View - What you can Learn, 2014 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, Breakout Session D, May 19, 2014, at 2:25 p.m. (Sheila Engelmeier)

The Challenge of Mental Health and Impairment in the Workplace: Compassion, Accommodation, and Discipline , Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Law Conference, May 1, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. (Sheila Engelmeier)

Keeping the Farm in the Family: Estate Planning and Administration, RCBA, Webcast, March 20, 2014, at 12:00 p.m. (Jacqueline Schuh)

The Dirty (Baker's) Dozen: Dreadful Discipline and Discharge Decisions by Employers, MN CLE Conference Center, October 15, 2013 (Speakers: Sheila Engelmeier and Tom Marshall)

Agricultural Law Issues in Estate Planning and Administration, Ramsey County Courthouse, St. Paul, MN, September 24, 2013 (Speaker: Jacqueline Schuh)

Spousal Elections Under Minnesota Statutes Chapter 524.2-201 through 524.2-215: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, June 10-11, 2013, St. Paul RiverCentre, 175 Kellogg Blvd. W., Saint Paul, MN, Speakers: Ivory Umanah and Jacqueline Schuh.

The Dirty Dozen: Dreadful Discipline and Discharge Decisions by Employers, May 20, 2013, 11:25 a.m. to 12:20 p.m., St. Paul RiverCentre, Speakers: Sheila Engelmeier and Tom Marshall.

Hot Legal Issues in the Employment Law Arena, SHRM Club and Business Law Club Luncheon, May 7, 2013, 11:40 a.m. to 1:10 p.m., St. Paul Campus of the University of St. Thomas, Speaker: Sheila Engelmeier.

Navigating Post-ADAAA Employment Relationships, Pacific Coast Labor & Employment Law Conference, April 25-26, 2013, Seattle, Washington, Speaker: Sheila Engelmeier

Minnesota NELA Mediation Panel, March 12, 2013, Sheila Engelmeier

Sexual Harassment Update, Investigator Training, MSBA, February 6, 2013, Speaker: Sheila Engelmeier

Paychex Seminar, Employers' Resolutions for Best Practices in 2013, January 9, 2013, Speakers: Sheila Engelmeier, Sue Fischer and Tom Marshall

Wells Fargo Risk Seminar - It's Not Just About Sex Anymore: Workplace Harassment, Olympic Hills, November 28, 2012, Speaker: Sheila Engelmeier

E&U Fall Seminar - Decision 2012 - Helping Employers and Individuals Prepare for the Next Four Years, Edinburgh USA, November 8, 2012

Starting a Firm - Discussion Panel, Hamline University, November 5, 2012, Speaker: Sheila Engelmeier