Where a plaintiff sued his former employer claiming that he was terminated in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and Minnesota Whistleblower Act as retaliation for his legal action against the company, summary judgment for the defendants is affirmed because the defendants put forth the plaintiff’s lack of productivity as a legitimate, non-retaliatory ground for termination, and the district court properly found that the plaintiff was an independent contractor so lacked standing for a claim under the MWA.
Judgment is affirmed.
Engelhardt v. Qwest Corporation (MLW No. 72959/Case No. 17-2492 – 10 pages) (U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, Smith, J.) Appealed from U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, Montgomery, J. (Vincent John Ella, Minneapolis, argued for appellant) (Elizabeth C. Carver, St Louis, argued for appellee).