There are several federal laws in place - the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, to name a few - designed to protect workers who have to miss work because of any number of medical reasons.
A Michigan woman and her daughters were refused service at a Westland Golden Corral because the manager was frightened by their genetic skin condition, according to a lawsuit filed by federal prosecutors.
In an earlier post, we told Detroit readers about how actress Jennifer Esposito was placed on leave from her TV show "Blue Bloods" after requesting a reduced work schedule because of complications from celiac disease.
One message we want Detroit-area residents to hear loud and clear from this blog is that they have rights in the workplace. Certainly, you can be fired if there are performance issues and you can be laid off if economic situations truly merit a reduction in staff. But there are many reasons you cannot legally be dismissed as well.
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.
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.