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May 2013 Archives

Michigan man sues for age discrimination

A Michigan school district is facing a workplace discrimination lawsuit filed by its former business manager. In a case filed in the civil division of Berrien County Trial Court, the man claims wrongful termination on the basis of age. He says he was dismissed from employment so that the school district could avoid paying his pension and health benefits. The school district denies the allegations.

Whistleblower lawsuit settled for $250,000

In a settlement involving a former employee of the city of Flint, Michigan, the city was required to pay $250,000. The case involved a wrongful termination matter. The employee involved filed a lawsuit against the city under the Whistleblower Protection Act after he was terminated for assisting in a state investigation. The employee had worked in the city's financial department.

Singer Usher being sued by former nanny for unpaid overtime

The Grammy-winning R&B singer Usher is beloved in Michigan and across the nation for his entertaining blend of song and dance. He released his seventh album in 2012 and is currently serving as a vocal coach and judge on the popular reality singing competition The Voice. However, Usher has officially lost the admiration of one fan: the nanny he hired to help him care for his two young children in 2010.

Several states lobbying against pregnancy discrimination

While some states like Michigan, Connecticut and California have existing state laws to prevent discrimination against pregnant women, many states do not have laws of this nature. Some states have seen new bills introduced to prevent this type of workplace discrimination, including Iowa, Illinois and Maine.

EEOC files suit on behalf of disabled workers

Detroit residents may be interested in a case brought on in behalf of disabled plant workers. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit seeking to uphold employees' rights against a company that allegedly hired mentally disabled men to work in a turkey plant and subjected the workers to mental and physical abuse. The alleged behavior occurred for more than three decades, beginning in the 1970s. The EEOC alleges that workers were paid only $65 per month, which works out to 41 cents per hour. The men reportedly did not receive any raises while working there. The EEOC claims that the company imposed discriminatory employment terms on the workers in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. For example, it is alleged that the men were denied bathroom breaks, required to work when ill and subjected to unwarranted punishments. 

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