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September 2013 Archives

Transgender discrimination in the workplace

People in Michigan and elsewhere are probably not surprised to hear that although gender discrimination is prohibited under federal law, transgender individuals still face discrimination in the workplace. A 2011 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruling established that gender identity is protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Former Michigan school band director plans appeal

During the summer of 2013, a band director who had applied for an open job position with Bad Axe Public Schools filed a lawsuit alleging that he never heard back from the school following what he claims was an earlier wrongful termination that took place in 2008. According to the school district, however, the ex-band director resigned of his own accord.

Michigan state employee unions clash with governor

Michigan state employee unions are launching a campaign against the state's governor, claiming he is a "flip-flopper" on the topics of bargaining and right-to-work legislation. Just two years ago, the governor pledged to collaborate with the unions collectively, which union representatives now say is a complete reversal of what is currently being put into practice. Workers within the coalition of unions are reporting that the new legislation is limiting their rights in the workplace.

Same-sex couples now applying for military benefits

Military personnel in Michigan and across the nation are waiting to see the resolution of a conflict between state and federal legislation. In Texas, the National Guard refused to process any requests for benefits between same-sex couples on Sept. 3. The Pentagon ordered that the requests be processed after part of the Defense of Marriage Act was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in June. The act included a section that says that states don't need to honor same-sex unions that are legal in other states. The Pentagon speculated that Texas seemed to be the only state that would deny same-sex couples employee rights.