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You can do your own part to help end workplace discrimination

Workplace discrimination continues to be a problem for the Detroit workforce. Despite the laws specifically written to protect workers, discrimination based on age, religion, disability and many other factors still happens.

To show that it isn't all bad, we want to take a short trip back in time to look at some historical milestones that have improved the American workforce.

  • In the early 1800s, American unions gained the right to strike against unfair work conditions
  • In 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Act was born, making it illegal to use child labor while also mandating a minimum wage and overtime pay
  • In 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act, making it possible to take time off for family matters without fear of termination

What do the milestones above have in common? They occurred because of the efforts of more than one individual. Even though it took decades in some cases to effect change in the nation's labor policies, these milestones show that a united front is critical to success. Workplace discrimination is a problem that you can help to change simply by using your voice and exercising your rights.

The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission has a few tips that can help you to begin effecting change.

  • Refuse to participate in discriminatory behaviors
  • Always be professional and respect cultural differences
  • Learn about your legal rights if you suspect workplace discrimination
  • Report discrimination, even if you are not the victim

We also want you to know that you are not as alone as you may feel. All across the country, there are many thousands of workers that feel the same way you feel. When one person speaks out, more are certain to follow and this is one of the most powerful ways that change occurs. The legal community is also on your side, including many employment attorneys like us who are willing and eager to help.

Please continue browsing our website and our legal blog if you want to learn more.

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