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December 2011 Archives

Employees: We were discriminated against for avoiding strip clubs

Around this time of year, many employers throw holiday parties for their employees. Although social activities like this are a nice gesture, it should go without saying they cannot and should not be a basis for making employees feel discriminated against if they choose not to participate.

Blockbuster must pay $2 million to settle harassment and retaliation claims

Video-rental chain Blockbuster recently agreed to pay more than $2 million to settle claims that it permitted sexual harassment and racial discrimination against female employees at one of its East Coast facilities. Although the incidents that led to this outcome occurred in Maryland, the principle at work here is equally true in Michigan; no one should be subjected to harassment in the workplace and employers who do not do enough to keep their workers safe and free from harm may have to pay for that mistake.

Marine alleges he was retaliated against

Detroit is far from any war zone, but we still have the men and women of our armed forces to thank for keeping us all safe and protecting out interests abroad. That is why a recent employment law story involving alleged employer retaliation may be of interest.