Many times, people are caught off guard when they are fired. Other times, they can see it coming from a mile away.
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.
It is illegal for employers to discriminate against employees due to age, yet it seems to happen every day.
In a perfect world everyone in the workplace would be hired and judged based on their skill and merit - not on their gender, age, sexual preference, religious beliefs, or any other category that sets them apart from others. In reality, this may be far from the case.
Two weeks ago, we wrote about how the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Detroit office was looking for cases that it believed would help it shore up protection for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees in Michigan.
The owner of several Panera Bread franchises recently agreed to pay $76,000 to settle a class action lawsuit filed by black workers who alleged that they were discriminated against for being black.
Pregnant women have it a little harder than the rest of us. There's morning sickness to contend with, to say nothing of all the other physical changes that come along with pregnancy. Furthermore, Michigan mothers will certainly tell you that carrying a baby to term makes just about everything that once was easy a lot harder. That's why it is really too bad that there are still companies and businesses that think discrimination against pregnant women is okay.
Everyone wants to support the troops, but when it comes to doing more than just putting a yellow-ribbon bumper sticker on one's car, some people fall off the wagon.
According to the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission, claims of religious discrimination are on the rise in the workplace. This seems to indicate two things: first, that as places like Detroit become more diverse, employees are more aware of their religious rights and second, that employers may be having difficulty keeping up with what they are supposed to do.
The Equal Opportunity Commission, the federal agency that enforces employees' rights, received a record number of complaints in 2011, just as it did in 2010, the agency reported recently.