Three workers, who previously worked together at both a Detroit and Dearborn Tim Hortons, announced their intentions to file a federal race discrimination lawsuit against their former employer on Dec. 18. Each of the African-American workers alleges that they were paid an hourly rate that is below minimum wage and that their supervisors used racial slurs in interacting with them.
Typically, when you think of workplace discrimination, there's a good chance you think about bias against people based on race or gender. There's a good reason for this perception, as the unfortunate reality is that many people do face harassment and discrimination because of the ethnic group they belong to or because of their gender, and they have been fighting against this behavior for generations.
On Dec. 10, a federal jury in Detroit will begin hearing arguments related to a workplace discrimination lawsuit filed against the City of Warren. The plaintiff, who is a firefighter of Cuban descent, had filed a lawsuit earlier this year accusing his co-workers and supervisors of using racial slurs while interacting with him.
If you suspect that you have a viable claim for wrongful termination, don't be fooled by an employer who tries to say that you don't have a case because you were an "at-will" employee. At-will employment is a term used to describe an employment relationship in which the employer can choose to terminate the employment relationship without notice and without reason.
There was a time in the past when pregnancy meant the end of a working woman's career. A pregnant woman could not work in the eyes of most employers. Therefore, before pregnancy discrimination laws existed, many women found themselves not being hired, being terminated from their jobs or facing other negative employment consequences as soon as they became pregnant. This was devastating for them because it would often happen at exactly the moment when they needed their jobs the most.
A former Mercedes-Benz dealership worker has received a $5 million award in his disability discrimination lawsuit. A federal judge issued the award on a recent Thursday. According to the man's attorneys, it was one of the largest disability awards in recent history.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires employers to provide "reasonable" accommodations to workers with disabilities. When it comes to what kinds of accommodations employers must provide in this regard, the most important word in this context is "reasonable." In other words, the disabled employee's accommodations should not result in the over "un-accommodation" of the employer.
United States employers cannot discriminate against their employees on the basis of "race" or "color." This means that an employer cannot make hiring, firing, promotion, pay or other work-related decisions on the basis of an individual's race or color. Most Michigan residents know what "race" means in this context, as it refers to whether someone is black, white, Latino, Asian or some other race. However, most don't have an entirely clear view of what "color" discrimination is.
Businesses and employers cannot discriminate against workers -- or potential workers -- on the basis of the worker's religious belief system in the United States. By virtue of the First Amendment, one of the primary principles of the United States is protection from religious discrimination. This is largely because the original founders of the United States had suffered from religious persecution in Europe, leading to escape to the "New World" where they could enjoy a freer life.
Your workplace is your second home. In fact, it's probably where you spend most of your waking hours. Not everyone has the luxury of a job, workplace and coworkers they genuinely enjoy. However, at the very least, no one should have to put up with any kind of harassment or discrimination while on the job.