People in Michigan and elsewhere are probably not surprised to hear that although gender discrimination is prohibited under federal law, transgender individuals still face discrimination in the workplace. A 2011 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruling established that gender identity is protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The small village of Oshtemo Township in the state of Michigan adopted a non-discrimination ordinance on Aug. 27 that will soon take place in the local town's workforce. A vote of 6 to 1 was able to capture the success of this ordinance, which many are calling a step in the right direction. According to the town's law, the ordinance must be published within three days and will come into effect 30 days after that.
Michigan readers may take an interest in the following account of an amputee who recently won a discrimination case against the FBI. The man was asked to leave training camp allegedly over concerns about his ability to shoot a gun because he has a prosthetic hand. The man alleged that he was the victim of workplace discrimination by the FBI.
A man who was fired from his job with a Detroit automaker in 2007 after he was stranded in Gaza has sued for discrimination. In 2007, a product engineer for a major Detroit automaker was approved for an extended leave of absence beginning June 1. Before the man left for the Middle East, the man's manager shortened his leave to three weeks because of a scheduled product build.
After a group of 22 cocktail servers brought a weight-discrimination lawsuit against their former employer, a superior court judge ruled against them. Michigan is the only state in the U.S. that expressly prohibits workplace discrimination based on height or weight, and the New Jersey judge upheld the legality of treatments that the workers claimed were unfair.
In the state of Michigan, a person may be fired simply because of his or her sexual orientation. The author of a new book on the subject of workplace discrimination is the founder of a nonprofit organization in Michigan that helps to prepare LBGT students with the transition from college into the job force. In the book, the author warns students to exercise caution in their search for employment.
Michigan residents may be interested in a recent lawsuit that will be the first to test the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, a 2009 act designed to curb discrimination in pre-employment medical examinations. Although employers may require job candidates to pass a drug test and physical examination before being hired, it is unlawful for an employer to ask for a family medical history. Nevertheless, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission officials say that's what happened in two recent cases of this new type of workplace discrimination.
Laws protecting LGBT employees may not be as controversial as some Michigan residents believe. New research shows that more than two-thirds of small businesses believe that employment laws should protect gay and transgender people from workplace discrimination, and this could pave the way for new employment laws protecting Michigan employees. A national poll shows that these businesses believe that both federal and state law should protect LGBT employees from employment discrimination.
A Michigan state representative has filed a sexual harassment complaint against a local Arab-American leader. The accused man has been placed on administrative leave by the civil rights group for which he works, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. The government has stated that he may be fired if it is shown that he committed workplace discrimination against the complainant and other women.
A Michigan school district is facing a workplace discrimination lawsuit filed by its former business manager. In a case filed in the civil division of Berrien County Trial Court, the man claims wrongful termination on the basis of age. He says he was dismissed from employment so that the school district could avoid paying his pension and health benefits. The school district denies the allegations.