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January 2017 Archives

FMLA discrimination and your rights

For many of us, our jobs do not provide enough paid sick time to deal with a serious illness to ourselves or a family member that may require an extended absence from work. That is where the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) comes in for workers in Michigan and across the country.

Protecting whistleblowers from retaliation and discrimination

You have probably heard the phrase, "no good deed goes unpunished." This often-used phrase exists for a reason: Because it is true in many cases. One of the times when it is painfully true is when an honest and well-meaning employee decides to blow the whistle on illegal activity in the workplace.

Whistleblower uses metadata to show negative review was backdated

In February 2013, the general counsel of a biotech company called Bio-Rad Technologies was concerned. He had been general counsel for the firm for 26 years, but now he suspected that someone from Bio-Rad may have given kickbacks to Chinese government entities and delivered products to certain Chinese customers without billing them. It seemed the company might have violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act: One of MLK's great successes

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, let's take a look at one of the achievements of the civil rights leader and all those who stood with him: The Civil Rights Act of 1964.

LGBT workers in Michigan have options when facing discrimination

While same-sex marriage may now be legal in Michigan and across the United States, federal and state anti-discrimination laws are still murky as to whether they protect against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.