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January 2014 Archives

Worker allowed to sue for race discrimination

An appellate court has ruled that a Michigan road worker can sue his former employer for race discrimination for putting him in a dangerous position even though the employee had applied for the position months earlier. In 2009, the worker was appointed to be equipment supervisor at Kalamazoo County Road Commission. He had applied for the job several months earlier.

The NLRB files a complaint against Wal-Mart following protests 

Michigan workers may want to take note of a formal complaint filed by the federal government against Wal-Mart that stems from a series of strikes and protests that have occurred. The complaint refers in part to a 2012 appearance by a Wal-Mart spokesman on CBS during which it was stated that worker would face consequences if they went forward with strikes or protests ahead of the shopping day known as Black Friday.

Rehabilitation facility facing charges of race discrimination

A Michigan rehabilitation facility responded to a lawsuit filed by a former employee by denying claims made against its director of nursing operations. In the legal action, a nursing supervisor formerly employed by Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital alleged that the director practiced race discrimination when she told the supervisor that she would not be allowed to provide any care for a white patient. According to the report, the patient's family had made the request that there be no black caregivers for him. The former nursing supervisor is African-American.

OSHA addresses company retaliation against truck drivers

Michigan truck drivers may be interested in the action taken by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in response to a trucking company's termination of a driver who was fired after refusing to violate safety regulations. The employee rights case was brought to the agency's attention after a whistleblower complaint was filed by the individual. The Surface Transportation Assistance Act provides drivers with protection from retaliatory behavior in cases involving their refusal to participate in unsafe driving activities.

Settlement reached in Michigan whistleblower case

Under the terms of a lawsuit settlement, a former efficiency coordinator who worked for the mayor of the city of Warren must destroy telephone recordings he made of his former employer. The plaintiff taped two telephone conversations in which the city mayor threatened violence against an ex-communications director and a former city attorney, both of whom the mayor felt were to blame for some of his political problems. The plaintiff had filed suit against the mayor and the city on July 19. In the suit, he alleged that he had been the victim of discrimination as a result of his reporting these conversations and leading to his termination, which constituted a violation of the state's Whistleblowers' Protection Act.