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October 2012 Archives

Did CBS violate Jennifer Esposito's rights under the Americans With Disabilities Act?

There are probably plenty of fans of "Blue Bloods," the CBS police drama, here in Detroit. That's why we thought a story concerning one of its stars might be of interest.

New Michigan law creates business court docket

Last week, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a new business court bill designed to improve and streamline commercial and business disputes in Michigan. The bill, effective Jan 1st, will send all employment disputes exceeding $25,000 to a special business court docket in hopes of increasing court efficiency and establishing consistency over business court rulings. Some counties have already taken steps toward creating their own business courts prior to this legislation and will require only minor adjustments to current operations. For others this will be an entirely new legal experience.

Panera franchisee settles class action discrimination claim with black workers

The owner of several Panera Bread franchises recently agreed to pay $76,000 to settle a class action lawsuit filed by black workers who alleged that they were discriminated against for being black.

Do we need obesity-specific anti-discrimination laws?

By now, we hope that Detroit readers understand that a workplace cannot discriminate on the basis of sex, race, ability/disability or religion. Those are pretty firmly set "protected classes," meaning demographics that courts and lawmakers have realized are sometimes discriminated against and so have expressly said such conduct is not okay.