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March 2012 Archives

Workers consider wrongful termination suits after dismissal en masse

Some employment law stories are just strange. Michigan readers hear the details of what happened and think, "How could the employer even think that was okay?" The recent case of 14 office workers who were dismissed en masse for complaining about their working conditions is one such story.

Re: Our last post -- employer Facebook-stalking gets worse

Thanks in part to our last post, Detroit readers know that employer sometimes hunt around online for information about a prospective employee. That's nothing new. However, there seems to be some evidence that a new trend has started: employers asking job applicants for their Facebook login information so that they have full access to the person's profile.

Survey: 45 percent of employers use Facebook to screen job applicants

Lots of people here in Detroit have heard warnings about employers using Facebook or other social media sites to screen prospective job applicants, but does that actually happen? Yes, according to a recent survey.

New mom wins $148,000 after wrongful termination related to pregnancy

Pregnant women have it a little harder than the rest of us. There's morning sickness to contend with, to say nothing of all the other physical changes that come along with pregnancy. Furthermore, Michigan mothers will certainly tell you that carrying a baby to term makes just about everything that once was easy a lot harder. That's why it is really too bad that there are still companies and businesses that think discrimination against pregnant women is okay.

Meat giant Tyson settles discrimination claim for $35,000

Most Michigan consumers know Tyson foods as the company that processes the meat they buy in the grocery store. In fact, Tyson is one of the biggest processors of chicken, beef and pork in the country and employs thousands of people. That's why a recent announcement that it has settled an employment discrimination claim for $35,000 should make other industry players stand up and take notice.