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Detroit EEOC office looking for ways to help LGBT employees fight discrimination

Here in Michigan, sexual orientation is not a protected class. That means that employers are not explicitly prohibited from discriminating against gay and bisexual men and women in the same way that they are prohibited from discriminating against people on the basis of sex or age, which are protected classes.

Do sexual harassment laws extend outside the workplace?

Most of our Detroit blog readers are probably well aware of the fact that a boss or supervisor who inappropriately touches or talks to them at work has committed sexual harassment. But when such behavior takes place outside of the workplace, whether it constitutes harassment is not always entirely clear.

In historic moment, Michigan passes 'right-to-work' laws

Union matters are traditionally considered labor law, rather than employment law. However, the recent passage of two "right-to-work" bills in Michigan is such a hot topic that we cannot ignore it, and of course, it can be seen as in issue affecting employees' rights.

Following up on CBS' possible ABA violation regarding Jennifer Esposito

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.

Study: 'Passive' sexual harassment victims are 'double-victimized' at work

An interesting study has found that women who are sexually harassed are often "double victimized" by friends, coworkers and others who think that the woman somehow "asked for it" or did not do enough to prevent the sexual harassment from occurring.

Parent company of Red Lobster hit with class action wage-and-hour suit

Darden Restaurants, the parent company of the Red Lobster, Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse chains, has been with a class-action wage and hour lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act, claims that Darden has been breaking federal employment laws since at least August 2009 by underpaying around one thousand servers across the country and, as such, owes current and former employees tens of millions of dollars in back pay.

Naval officer stripped of command over sexual harassment claims

Earlier this month, it was learned that the commander of the Florida-based warship USS The Sullivans had the dubious honor of becoming one of the 12 or so naval officers who have been stripped of their positions so far this year.

"Black Swan" interns ask to open FLSA lawsuit to all of Fox's internship programs

Earlier on this blog, we told Detroit readers about how two unpaid interns who had worked on the set of Natalie Portman's Oscar-winning film "The Black Swan" had sued Fox Searchlight, alleging that their internship program violated wage and hour laws.

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