Nothing in sections 383D.21 to 383D.33 shall be construed to permit or encourage any action or conduct prohibited by the Minnesota Human Rights Act or prohibit recourse to any remedies provided in the Minnesota Human Rights Act or any other state or federal law relating to equal employment opportunities. The provisions of those laws shall continue to apply to county employment generally, including positions excluded from the jurisdiction of the county personnel administration system.
Nothing in sections 383D.21 to 383D.33 shall be construed to affect the rights and obligations of an employee or employer under sections 179A.01 to 179A.25, or the provisions of a contract or agreement executed pursuant to them.
Any employee in the unclassified service may be demoted or removed from the employee's position in the unclassified service without cause and at the discretion and pleasure of the appointing authority, but, unless otherwise provided by law, no permanent county employee, who has successfully completed the employee's probationary period of employment with the county, shall be dismissed from employment with the county without the establishment of just cause. For purposes of this subdivision, just cause includes, but is not limited to, failure to perform assigned duties, substandard performance, misconduct, insubordination, and violation of written policies and procedures.