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Should successful executives renegotiate employment contracts?

There usually comes a time in the career of successful first-time executives when they realize they give more than they receive. When executives take on their first term as a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or another C-level position, their employment contracts probably reflect their relative inexperience. Now that they have achieved success and helped the company thrive, they may wish to renegotiate the terms of their employment.

Although it feels risky to "rock the boat," renegotiating employment contracts after a period of success is a common practice. The governing board may even expect it if the executive has led the company into an era of significant prosperity. If this scenario resembles your own experience, you may wish to renegotiate but remain hesitant to take the first steps.

Whistleblower platform may make it easier to report wrongdoing

If you have ever witnessed illegal or unethical activities in your Detroit workplace, chances are that you thought twice about reporting these activities. Without guaranteed confidentiality and protection against retaliation, many would-be whistleblowers hesitate before speaking out. Some of them may never speak out because of retaliation and confidentiality concerns.

One company may have a solution for potential whistleblowers who concerned about reporting. This company has developed a secure, confidential and encrypted tool called SafeWhistle that enables workers to report wrongdoing on a web-based platform. The company is based in Michigan, but it could work for industries all across the nation.

A Detroit whistleblower reports an excavation company's fraud

The director of special projects for the Detroit Building Authority (DBA) issued a statement acknowledging that a worker with the Detroit-based Gayanga Co. stepped forward on March 12 to let them know of a potential case of fraud on their employers' part.

In speaking with city officials, the demolition company employee outlined six instances in which he suspects that his employer failed to fully excavate work sites as they were contracted to do. He said that he believes that they left behind masonry and concrete from the basement and then simply backfilled dirt into those sites.

How to protect yourself when corporate change occurs

When a professional sports team hires a new general manager, it makes the head coach nervous. Why? Because GMs often want to hire their own head coach.

The same is true at the top of corporations. When control changes, top executives can be placed in precarious positions.

4 women who show that the glass ceiling can be broken

As advocates for women in the Detroit workplace, we enjoy showing our readers that it is possible for women to achieve great things in the world of business. We understand the hurdles you face as you pursue your dreams.

  • Workplace discrimination including lack of promotion
  • Sexual and other forms of workplace harassment
  • Being assigned unchallenging or stereotypical female-centric projects
  • Segregation from meetings and other work events

Proving that workplace discrimination occurred can be difficult but it is certainly not impossible. An attorney is an invaluable asset in these situations and can help you prove your case and find a satisfactory solution. In the hopes of inspiring you to keep dreaming and believing in your success, take a look at these women who are helping to break that elusive glass ceiling.

  1. Co-founder and CEO of 23andMe, Anne Wojcicki faced many obstacles, but now 23andMe is a highly successful business empowering individuals to access genetic testing.
  2. Rose Marcario, the CEO of the Patagonia outdoor apparel company, did not start at the top, but she found her way there by working hard and holding on to her goals.
  3. Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg founded TheSkimm, a very successful newsletter that delivers highlights of the day's most important headlines.
  4. Co-founder of the popular Front App, sharing software that enables team members to work collaboratively, Mathilde Collin now serves as the company's CEO.

What are the major cons of becoming a whistleblower?

In many scenarios, whistleblowers have watched from the sidelines as their superiors engaged in unethical and/or illegal activities. Deciding to blow the whistle on such wrongdoing probably did not come easily. Most of these people thought long and hard about the implications of speaking out before making such a decision. Some whistleblowers even go so far as to consult an attorney about the potential disadvantages, or cons, of taking such action.

Like many Detroit residents, you may already understand the rewards of becoming a whistleblower. For example:

  • Whistleblowers are eligible for legal protections against retaliation attempts.
  • Most people who speak out feel good about their actions.
  • Speaking out about wrongdoing empowers other individuals to become whistleblowers.
  • Some whistleblowers receive financial compensation for their efforts to do the right thing.

Signs of age discrimination in the workplace

The nation's workforce continues to get older as the baby boomer generation has yet to hit the retirement ranks in full force. This has led to many workers suffering age discrimination at workplaces all across Michigan and the rest of the country. Here are some common signs of age discrimination in the workplace.

Have you recently been reassigned to duties that are lower than your education level or experience level on the job? If so, it could be a sign that the company is discriminating against you based on your age. They could be trying to make you unhappy so that you wind up leaving on your own.

Employment contracts may compromise your intellectual property

In the era of high technology employment, intellectual property (IP) fills a massive role. Just about every large corporation, including those in the Detroit area, utilizes intellectual property in some form. Much of this property rightfully belongs to the employer. For example, trademarks, logos and client lists are clearly the employer's property.

What about the IP that employees create in their positions within a large corporation? Can executive employment contracts protect this property? While you can find a large amount of information on how to protect the IP of employers, not much is available on protecting the IP rights of C-Level workers.

The glass ceiling is still out of reach for Detroit women

When Hillary Clinton failed to become the nation's first female president in America, many women took this as a sign that things are not improving for women in the workplace. Logically, we know that some good change has occurred for working ladies, but is it enough to put a crack in that sturdy glass ceiling?

As workplace discrimination lawyers, we think the glass ceiling does contain many small, perhaps hairline-sized fractures. However, we also know that women still suffer from significant workplace discrimination. Today, there are many female corporate executives, but many of them do not receive the same treatment that their male counterparts enjoy. Examples include:

  • Less income for the same or similar job positions
  • Passing over women for promotions
  • Sexual harassment from male coworkers
  • Refusing to hire qualified female executives

A former Chase bank manager wins a $370,000 whistleblower lawsuit

The 36-year-old former manager who once worked at both a Warren and Southfield Chase bank was awarded $370,000 at the conclusion of an arbitration session earlier this month.

In the man's wrongful termination lawsuit that was filed in federal court in Detroit soon after his firing in July of 2017, the Dearborn resident chronicled what he believed resulted in his dismissal from his job.

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