Author Archives: Melissa Raphan

Melissa Raphan

About Melissa Raphan

Melissa is a Partner in Dorsey’s Labor and Employment group. She represents employers in employment litigation matters including class actions, collective actions, multi-plaintiff actions and single plaintiff cases nationwide and in administrative settings, including state and federal agencies. She regularly handles arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA). Melissa also counsels employers on a full range of issues including performance management, selection and termination. She designs and delivers training on every aspect of the employment relationship. Melissa is a frequent speaker on employment law topics.

Quirky Question #280: Minneapolis Sick and Safe Time Ordinance

Question: We are an employer that has a few employees working in Minneapolis, and just heard about a new law requiring employers to provide paid sick leave in Minneapolis. Will this apply to us? What are the requirements? And how long do I have to prepare?


Quirky Question #266: What’s up with Pregnancy Discrimination?

Question: Over the summer, we heard a lot about new guidance on pregnancy discrimination. What do we need to know to ensure we are complying with local, state, and federal laws on pregnancy discrimination?


Supreme Court decides Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc., 575 U.S. ___ (2015)

The Supreme Court of the United States recently issued its decision in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc.  Vacating and remanding the Fourth Circuit’s decision, the Court concluded that the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”) “requires courts to consider the extent to which an employer’s policy treats pregnant workers less favorably than it treats nonpregnant workers similar in their ability or inability to work” and that there was a genuine dispute regarding “whether UPS provided more favorable treatment to at least some employees whose situation cannot reasonably be distinguished from Young’s.”  Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc., 575 U.S. ___ (2015).