Michigan legislature passes laws, but interpretation is often done at the Court of Appeals. The use of marijuana for medical reasons was passed into law in Michigan in 2008 by a 63 percent voter approval. In 2009, a Walmart employee was discharged from his job after failing a drug test, which came back positive for cannabis. The employee was medically prescribed the drug for sinus cancer and a brain tumor.
To be clear, you may not exactly "be safe from" workplace discrimination, but you do have federal protections against discrimination in the workplace. What this means is that while you certainly have a right to be free of discrimination, it could still happen to you in your workplace. Further, if someone – a boss or a co-worker – discriminates against you because of your immigration status, the law can help you find a remedy.
The news is awash in stories of harassment and discrimination against women in the workplace. People are shocked and rightly so, but never forget that workplace discrimination based on gender has been a problem for far too many years to count. You should also remember that discrimination and even sexual harassment happens to male workers as well as to female employees.
Many people in the modern world think that they cannot be surprised any longer. Being a worldly and knowledgeable society, it is easy to see why people think this way. However, there are several key points about age-related workplace discrimination in Michigan and elsewhere that may actually astonish you.
Did you know that women workers in Michigan earn, on average, only 74 cents for each dollar that their male counterparts earn? In fact, the gender wage gap in Michigan is larger than the national average wage gap, which stands at 82 cents for women for each dollar earned by male workers.
There are still cases of blatant workplace discrimination in the United States, even though it's illegal. It may not be quite as obvious as hanging signs on the door telling people of certain ethnic groups not to apply, but supervisors will say and do things based on their own biases.
In this day and age, the notion of workplace discrimination based on weight is inconceivable to many Michigan residents. Unfortunately, it is a problem across the entire United States. Two studies conducted within the past decade reveal a surprising and disturbing pattern in this little known area of workplace discrimination.
Equality Michigan, an LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning or queer) rights group is seeking help from the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. This group, and others like it, wants the commission to expand the ban on sex discrimination to protect gender identity and sexual orientation.
People who have been victimized by workplace discrimination based on race feel a very wide range of negative emotions. They often experience hurt, shock, betrayal, anger and even shame. These emotions can discourage victims from taking legal action against the company that made them a victim in the first place.
The federal ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) grants you certain rights within the workplace. It also ensures that people with disabilities have ample and rewarding opportunities to cultivate a career. Unfortunately, the Act only works if employers do their part and do not attempt to go around the ADA or bypass it altogether. Failure to comply may constitute workplace discrimination and could land the employer in hot water.