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Detroit Employment Law Blog

Age discrimination in the workplace

It is illegal for employers to discriminate against employees due to age, yet it seems to happen every day.

You may think age discrimination means firing older employees. While firing someone due to their age is definitely discrimination, it is not the only form. There are multitudes of ways older employees can be discriminated against at work.

What is "whistleblowing"?

When a person begins a new job, or has worked in the same field for many years, they soon become aware of the brand of ethics within the industry as well as what actions are legal or illegal for employees or management to engage in.

When an employee notices a breach in those ethics, and/or outright illegal actions they may report other employees or management to someone higher up in the company, or may report the company itself to the police or other authorities, in order to keep in line with their own personal morals or standards, as well as remain in line with the law. These people are often referred to as "whistleblowers." because they "blow the whistle" on corruption in the workplace.

Former hospital executive files lawsuit alleging retaliation

Certain jobs in Michigan can be complicated when the employee's mandate is to research into various issues that might be viewed as controversial and reporting on it honestly. However, a person's job duties are what they are and if they make a decision to follow through on them as instructed, it is illegal for the employers to take part in any form of retaliation. Unfortunately, this happens all too frequently. When this level of employment law violation occurs, the person who was affected by it must be aware that there is the opportunity to file a lawsuit to seek compensation for the wrong that was done.

Payment schedule violations and a wage claim in Michigan

In Michigan, the law requires that employers pay their employees their wages at specific times. When the wages and any unpaid overtime are not provided to the employee in a timely manner, it could be the basis for a wage claim. Understanding how the law views these issues is important when determining whether a violation has occurred.

Signs you've been discriminated against at work

In a perfect world everyone in the workplace would be hired and judged based on their skill and merit - not on their gender, age, sexual preference, religious beliefs, or any other category that sets them apart from others. In reality, this may be far from the case.

What many people don't realize is that workplace discrimination can take many forms. Sometimes it involves blatant words and acts that are obviously discriminatory. But, other times it is more subtle.

Employment contracts and territorial realignment in sales

Michigan residents who make their living in sales know the stress they will face when trying to meet their quotas. In many cases, the amount they are paid is contingent on achieving certain sales goals, and it is in their contract that they must reach these numbers. An employment agreement can be complicated and if there are changes made to the terms that the person believed he or she was working under, it can negatively affect their ability to earn a living. One issue that can arise has to do with territory realignment.

Race discrimination alleged by former law enforcement officer

There is a misplaced belief that in Michigan and across the United States that various forms of discrimination are in the past, and all people will be treated equally based on the work they do. Unfortunately, it is not the case. People are still confronted with numerous forms of workplace discrimination. This can be race discrimination, discrimination based on gender, age, sexual orientation and much more. Those who are subjected to this treatment might not even be aware that they may in certain circumstances be able to seek compensation through a legal filing. Knowing what is legal and illegal and how to move forward with a case is key to achieving justice.

Understanding your rights as an at-will employee

Many employment contracts are at-will and for most employees, this arrangement can seem precarious: at-will employees can be fired at any time for any reason whatsoever, right?

Actually, no! If you are an at-will employee, your employment may be terminated arbitrarily or without reason; however, your employer may not break employment laws in firing you and there are several forms of illegal termination of at-will employees.

Woman files lawsuit for employee rights violation

There are certain rights that workers in Michigan expect to have in the workplace, and the law seeks to protect these rights. This applies to a wide variety of issues, too. Employee rights encompasses freedom from illegal workplace discrimination, unfair denial of benefits, protection for retaliation, and more. Those who have had their rights violated, been deprived of income, or even been terminated because of protestations that illegal acts perpetrated against them have the right to pursue compensation via a legal filing.

To serve as an example, a woman who worked for a local big-box retailer has filed a lawsuit alleging that she did not receive the proper accommodations to use a breast pump as she was breastfeeding her child. The woman states that the company did not provide her with a location to do what was necessary and was forced to use a bathroom and later a computer server room. The latter had a surveillance camera located inside. She seeks more than $25,000 in her case. In addition, she asserts that she was discriminated against based on her gender, her privacy was violated, and there was intentional infliction of emotional distress.

What are employee rights when it comes to health and safety?

With any job in Michigan, workers have the right to believe that they will be accorded the proper safety procedures and equipment as part of their employment. They also have the right to complain if proper safety procedures are not followed and to request the necessary protective equipment. If a worker decides to be a whistleblower in an attempt to expose serous safety deficiencies in his or her workplace, then he or she has certain rights under the law to prevent wrongful termination and other forms of ill treatment at the hands of employers. Before moving forward with a case, it is imperative that workers know the requirements their employers must follow under the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act (MIOSH).

Under MIOSH, employers are required to do the following: provide employees a place of work that does not have recognizable hazards that can cause serious harm or lead to a fatality; follow the rules and standards of the law; post notices to make certain that employees understand how they are protected and what their obligations are; inform the proper authorities if there is a fatality or a hospitalization of three employees or more after an illness or injury during the same incident.