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March 2017 Archives

When blowing the whistle under protection is your goal

It is a great and noble thing to expose wrongdoing on the corporate level. Let's be real, though: It is also a dangerous endeavor in some situations. If you are like most Detroit residents, you need and value your job. You do not want to lose your livelihood even though becoming a whistleblower is absolutely the right thing to do. Why should you risk taking security away from your loved ones just to expose wrongdoing?

Crack the glass ceiling and help end workplace discrimination

If each of the women working in Detroit took a swing at a sheet of thick glass, what do you imagine might happen? Every strike would crack the glass until the entire thing shattered into irreparable shards. It is a great example of how it takes strength and unity to create real change.

Are women still being unfairly denied CEO positions?

March is Women's History Month, where we honor women's contributions to society. Part of that includes celebrating women continuing to make great strides in the workplace. In many companies, however, there may be a glass ceiling for women in the workforce who are trying to reach the executive suites.

What is a golden parachute clause in an employment contract?

In simple terms, a golden parachute is simply a severance package. However, it is unlike almost all severance agreements because the value of a golden parachute is typically substantial. Entry-level or even mid-level employees will probably never be offered a golden parachute in their employment contracts. This clause is reserved for top, executive-level employees only.

Is your employer withholding your commissions?

Many times, sales people miss out on commissions because their employers unfairly withhold them. This can be because of jealousy, discrimination, or any number of reasons. Here in Michigan, however, you have rights to recover the money that you have earned.

What are some examples of whistleblower retaliation in Detroit?

Despite belief to the contrary, employers in Detroit cannot treat their workers however they like. Employers do have some leeway in how they manage employees, but laws are in place to ensure workers remain protected from certain behaviors. Retaliation against whistleblowers is one of these prohibited behaviors.

What constitutes age-related workplace discrimination?

In the United States, all citizens have the right to acquire gainful employment regardless of their age. Employers must abide by these laws and refrain from engaging in workplace discrimination because of a worker's age. Like other forms of workplace discrimination, age discrimination is often confusing to workers. As a result, many of them might not know if discrimination is occurring.