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December 2012 Archives

EEOC: National origin discrimination claims on the rise

The U.S. is often described as The Great Melting Pot. The American identity is a mosaic made up of elements of many unique cultures that combine to create our own unique profile. It would be hard to imagine Detroit, for example, without the European, Middle Eastern and Southern U.S. immigrants who came here to work in the automobile industry.

Dillard's to pay $2M to settle disability discrimination class action suit

Department store chain Dillard's recently announced that it will pay $2 million to settle claims that it practiced workplace discrimination by asking employees who were using sick time to provide detailed medical information regarding why they needed the time off from work.

Do sexual harassment laws extend outside the workplace?

Most of our Detroit blog readers are probably well aware of the fact that a boss or supervisor who inappropriately touches or talks to them at work has committed sexual harassment. But when such behavior takes place outside of the workplace, whether it constitutes harassment is not always entirely clear.

In historic moment, Michigan passes 'right-to-work' laws

Union matters are traditionally considered labor law, rather than employment law. However, the recent passage of two "right-to-work" bills in Michigan is such a hot topic that we cannot ignore it, and of course, it can be seen as in issue affecting employees' rights.