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Workplace Discrimination Archives

New mom wins $148,000 after wrongful termination related to pregnancy

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.

Why Detroit readers need to be aware of religious discrimination

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.

A new twist on an old issue -- ageism

In our society, ageism is unlawful. An employer in Detroit, for example, could not look at an applicant's gray hair, think he is too old and refuse to hire him on that basis. Nor could he fire an employee simply for being too old; that would be age-based discrimination. Then again, it is just a fact that some tasks cannot be performed by people who are too young or too old. The demands of the job would mean it would be unwise to have a 90-year-old on active firefighting duty, for example.

Woman claims she was fired for perceived lesbianism

Readers in Detroit know, of course, that when they apply for a job, they are evaluated on the application materials they submit, such as a cover letter and resume. But what about other information that is readily available to employers? In this age of social networking and the privacy-is-dead Internet, there is a so much out there that employers can easily access, whether the applicant wants that information to be found or not. But is that content fair game, or would making a call on that information constitute unlawful discrimination? The answer, always, is "it depends."

New book: White House a hostile work environment for women

Harassment in the workplace does not just happen in certain job fields or in particular areas of the country -- sadly, it is far more widespread than that. A new book from a muckraking journalist even alleges that under the Obama administration, the White House is a 'genuinely hostile workplace for women." The allegation of a hostile work environment is one of the book's more eye-popping claims.

EEOC sues on behalf of recuperating drug addict

The body of U.S. employment law was drafted with an eye towards protecting employees. Jobs are vital to everyone's well-being, of course, and our society would suffer if people were dismissed capriciously or for taking steps like reporting harassment.

Study: Employers discriminating against unemployed in help-wanted ads

With the poor economy still flailing, many people in Michigan and elsewhere are unemployed. Unfortunately, that may count against them as they look for new jobs, according to a study recently released by an advocacy group.

Verizon pays out $20 million to settle claims from disabled workers

Oakland County readers who have cell phone plans through Verizon may be interested to know that the telecommunications giant recently settled a discrimination lawsuit for $20 million. That amount is the largest ever for a single lawsuit claiming an employer had violated the Americans With Disabilities Act.

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