An appellate court has ruled that a Michigan road worker can sue his former employer for race discrimination for putting him in a dangerous position even though the employee had applied for the position months earlier. In 2009, the worker was appointed to be equipment supervisor at Kalamazoo County Road Commission. He had applied for the job several months earlier.
A Michigan rehabilitation facility responded to a lawsuit filed by a former employee by denying claims made against its director of nursing operations. In the legal action, a nursing supervisor formerly employed by Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital alleged that the director practiced race discrimination when she told the supervisor that she would not be allowed to provide any care for a white patient. According to the report, the patient's family had made the request that there be no black caregivers for him. The former nursing supervisor is African-American.
In an action that Muslim workers in Detroit might find relevant, a group of Somali Muslim DHL Global Mail employees are claiming religious discrimination because the delivery company reversed its policy of flexible break times, which initially allowed them to stop work for the five-minute prayers required by their religion. The Islamic employees accused DHL of worker discrimination after the company fired two dozen of them, allegedly for pausing in their duties to say the prayers, which had previously been allowed. One fired employee made $11.57 per hour to sort mail and said that he had never received any negative comments about his work.