John A. Klassen

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

John A. Klassen, P.A.
 | 310 Fourth Avenue South, Suite 5010
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: 612-204-4533
Fax: 612-204-4534
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (20%),
  • Civil Rights (20%)
Attorney Profile

For more than 15 years, John A. Klassen has practiced exclusively in the areas of employment and civil rights law from his Minneapolis, Minnesota, firm John A. Klassen, P.A. A stalwart defender of civil rights, Mr. Klassen compassionately represents victims of workplace harassment, discrimination and other civil rights violations. He provides aggressive representation for employees in wage and hour disputes and those involved in claims under whistleblower laws. He also regularly counsels employees about their severance and noncompete agreements and takes on sexual abuse cases as well.

Mr. Klassen received his undergraduate degree in international relations from the University of Minnesota before obtaining his Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law in 1993. He is admitted to practice in Minnesota as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit and the state's U.S. District Court.

Mr. Klassen founded his firm in 1996 and has since garnered a sterling reputation in the community as an intelligent and efficient advocate for employees in the Twin Cities and greater metro area. His cases have caught the attention of international press as well, with pieces about his cases appearing in the New York Times, the Washington Post and the International Herald Tribune. His cases have also been featured on television and radio, including CNN and Minnesota Public Radio.

Mr. Klassen has obtained a number of million-dollar and landmark verdicts for his clients. He won a series of three related employment discrimination lawsuits that alleged claims of sexual harassment and retaliation against the Minneapolis Fire Department and its chief in 2006 and 2007. One of the cases turned out to be the first-known reverse discrimination case in the context of sexual orientation against the head of a large municipal department. As a direct result of Mr. Klassen’s efforts, Minnesota’s workplaces have substantially changed for the better.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment Litigation (60%): Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation

Employment & Labor (20%): Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment

Civil Rights (20%): Americans with Disabilities Act, Police Misconduct, Race Discrimination, Discrimination

Focus Areas

Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Americans with Disabilities Act, Police Misconduct, Race Discrimination, Discrimination

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 17 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2019

Certificates and Credentials

MSBA Board Certified Specialists

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About John Klassen

Admitted: 1994, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: http://www.jaklaw.com/Bio/JohnKlassen.asp

Honors/Awards:

  • Who's Who of Minnesota Employment Law, 2005
  • I have been nominated as a Super Lawyer every year since 2003 for my work as an employment lawyer., Super Lawyer
  • Who's Who of Minnesota Employment Law 2007 (Top 40)
  • Who's Who of Minnesota Employment Law, 2002
  • Who's Who of Minnesota Employment Law, 2006
  • Minnesota Rising Star in Employment Law, 2001

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • MSBA Certified Labor & Employment Law Specialist, 2014

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1994
  • Minnesota, 1994
  • Member, National Employment Lawyers Association, 1999 - 2019
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1997

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Race, Color and National Origin Discrimination, Employment Law Handbook, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, February, 2002
  • Defamation in Discipline and Discharge, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Magazine, Spring, 2003
  • Discovery Issues in Employment Litigation, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Magazine, Fall, 2003
  • The Duty of Loyalty - What Employees Owe to Their Employers, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Magazine, Summer, 2004
  • The Accidental Federal Court Litigator, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Magazine, Fall, 2004
  • Sexual Harassment Cases After Duncan v. GMC, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Magazine, Spring, 2005
  • Public Employee Protections Against Retaliation for Free Speech - The Right to Speak About Matters of Public Concern, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Magazine, Spring, 2006
  • Negotiating and Drafting Severance Agreements, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Magazine, Winter, 2006
  • Statute of Limitations Issues in Hostile Work Environment Cases, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Magazine, Winter, 2007
  • Cutting Edge Topic in Sexual and Racial Harassment, Hennepin County Bar Assoc., 2006 - 2007
  • Settlement Agreements in Employment Law Cases, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Assoc., 2005 - Present

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Settled claims of age discrimination on behalf of a banking executive in the amount of $880,000.  , 2011
  • Settled claims against a foster parent for sexual abuse of a minor foster child in the home in the amount of $150,000., 2015
  • Settled a sexual harassment case on behalf of a female employee in the amount of $1,000,000, which is one of the highest single plaintiff settlements for sex harassment in Minnesota history.  , 2007
  • Settled claims involving the sexual abuse of a female vulnerable adult with cognitive disabilities who was assaulted by her licensed male care provider, in the amount of $250,000., 2017
  • Settled a physical abuse, assault and sexual harassment case on behalf of a male employee in the amount of $550,000., 2014
  • Settled a sexual harassment claim on behalf of a female investment banking employee in the amount of $325,000., 2017
  • Settled a multiplaintiff race discrimination case against the City of Minneapolis Police Department on behalf of five high ranking black officers in the amount of $850,000.  , 2009
  • False Claims Act whistleblower settlement against Target Pharmacy in the amount of $3,000,000., 2018
  • Jury trial verdict in retaliation claim against Minneapolis Fire Department, including attorneys' fees settlement in the amount of $590,000. The jury awarded our client $300,000 in punitive damages against the City of Minneapolis and its former fire chief for a retaliatory demotion of our client in violation of the 1st Amendment., 2012
  • False Claims Act settlement against Walmart Pharmacy in the amount of $875,000.  , 2018

Representative Clients:

  • Predzik v. Shelter Corporation, Inc., Slip Copy, 2006 WL 2794368, 12 Wage & Hour Cas. 2d (BNA) 13, D.Minn., (JRT/FLN) Sept. 27, (2006)
  • Stanina v. Blandin Paper Co., 2006 WL 2069203, D.Minn., (JRT/FLN) July 26, (2006)
  • Jensen v. AstraZeneca, LP, 2004 WL 2066837, D.Minn., (JRT/FLN), (2004)
  • Modtland v. Mills Fleet Farm, Inc., 2004 WL 2730100, D.Minn., (PAM/RLE) Nov. 28, (2004)

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Awarded the Karla Wahl Dedicated Advocacy Award by the Minnesota National Employment Lawyers Association for my legal work on behalf of employees., 2018

Educational Background:

  • University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, LL.B., 1992, 1992
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, International Relations, Member of the Honors Division
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Office Location for John A. Klassen

310 Fourth Avenue South
Suite 5010
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: 612-204-4533

Fax: 612-204-4534

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Last Updated: 8/29/2019

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