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December 2013 Archives

2 Michigan employees sue for race discrimination

One of two Genesee County Road Commission employees who alleged racial discrimination accepted a settlement of $185,000 after a trial began on Nov. 15. The other employee's claim was still in progress at the time of the report. Their claims alleged that they were discriminated against because they were two Caucasians who reported that an African-American coworker might have been intoxicated on the job to their African-American supervisors. Other employees apparently witnessed the intoxicated behavior, but they did not report it due to fear of retaliation.

Bill seeks to stop employers from running credit checks

Michigan workers may be interested to hear of proposed legislation that may be introduced in the near future. On Dec. 17, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren announced her desire to amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to prohibit employers from running credit checks on prospective employees. Warren believes that employer practice of screening employees based on their credit is a veiled way of engaging in workplace discrimination. The bill provides an exception for jobs requiring national security clearance.

Michigan nurse files racial discrimination lawsuit

A Grand Rapids nursing supervisor has filed a lawsuit against Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital because she claims the hospital agreed to a family's wish not to have black employees care for their family member. The nurse filed her workplace discrimination lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Nov. 27.

Employers can legally tell the truth when giving references

Many Michigan job seekers have been misinformed about the amount of information a former employer is legally able to disclose when they are contacted for references. Contrary to what some people believe, there is no federal or state law that limits former employers to give only dates of employment and job titles.

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