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August 2015 Archives

Understanding disability discrimination-Part I

All employees in the United States should be treated equally in the eyes of the law. However, workplace discrimination still persists, and it is not uncommon for a Michigan employee to face workplace discrimination. Any employee or job applicant who is not treated fairly because of a disability has the right to file a claim with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Importance of non-competitive clauses in employment contracts

Many employees in the United States, including many in Michigan, are required to sign a non-competitive agreement at their place of business. The non-competition clauses, based on time and geography, impose certain conditions on an employee. For example, a non-competition clause may forbid an employee from working for a competitor within 100 miles of the current company's zip code for a year after resigning. Such an employment contract benefits the employer but not the employee. For the employee, that can be restrictive and it can be an obstacle in the way of career growth and progress.

Employees are protected against retaliation from employers

There should be no discrimination against any individual on the basis of religion, race, sex, origin or disability. An employer cannot demote, terminate, retaliate or harass any person in the event that the person has filed a discrimination suit. If the person has even complained about discrimination, the employer cannot retaliate against that person.