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Workplace Discrimination Archives

Employee alleges termination over self-dialysis for kidney 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.

Three franchise owners sue Dunkin' Donuts, alleging racial discrimination

You would think a doughnut shop would be a pleasant place to work. After all, who doesn't like doughnuts? Any Detroit resident who has a stop at a bakery planned probably has a better morning because of it.

Employees: Wet Seal discriminated against blacks, favored white store workers

Young Detroit women who shop at Wet Seal might find themselves a little less likely to go the clothing retailer in the future if the allegations contained in a recent discrimination suit are true. The suit, which was filed in Wet Seal's home state of California, alleges that the company's executives systematically tried to engineer the hiring of store employees such that more Caucasian people and fewer black people were hired.

Photographer: I was fired for promoting breastfeeding and women's equality

Detroit readers might have seen a photograph circulated on media outlets a few weeks ago of two military mothers breastfeeding their children while uniform. The photographer who took the image took the picture as part of a campaign to support working mothers and women who are breastfeeding. Now, she claims that position is part of the reason why she was recently dismissed from her civilian job.

AT&T loses religious discrimination suit, ordered to pay $5M

An AT&T worker who converted to Islam in 2005 was shocked at the change in the way her coworkers treated her. They had never bothered her before, but now they called her hijab "that thing on her head" and referred to her as a "towelhead" and a "terrorist." What was even more shocking to her was that her supervisors knew what she was going through, but made so little effort to stop the harassment.

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.

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