People with disabilities in Michigan have the same rights to be treated reasonably and fairly at work as everyone else. In fact, disability discrimination is against the law. While some employers might prefer to hire a person who does not require certain accommodations to work at the job, the person's ability to do the job is paramount and there can be no discrimination based on a disability. But just because federal and state laws prohibit disability discrimination does not mean that every employer will follow the law. This is why it is important to understand what constitutes harassment and reasonable accommodations to those who are disabled.
Religious discrimination is a growing concern in these difficult times. In Michigan, with a large Muslim population, there are potential issues that could arise if people have their employee rights violated due to beliefs about their religion and what it entails. It is against the law for an employer discriminate against employees because of their religious beliefs, but that does not stop some employers from terminating the employment of workers because of what is thought to be workplace discrimination. When there is a perception that an employee was subjected to discrimination, it is important to know how to move forward with a legal filing.
Workers in Michigan are afforded certain rights under state and federal law. These laws are in place to provide protection when seeking a job, when employed, and if they are terminated. An example of a law protecting employee rights that many workers are unaware of refers to disparate impact. According to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, workers are protected from employers using certain selection procedures or neutral tests that will exclude people in a disproportionate fashion based on their national origin, sex, religion, color or race. If the tests or procedures that are utilized have no connection to the job nor are consistent with the needs of the business, this is called disparate impact discrimination.
Workers in Detroit can be discriminated against and even lose their employment for a vast array of reasons. While harassment about race, gender, national origin and a number of other issues can arise, one less well-known problem that can come up is workplace discrimination about a person's weight. Since Michigan is the only state in the union that protects employees against being discriminated against because of their weight, those who believe they have been subjected to this form of discrimination need to understand how to move forward with a legal filing.
For most women in Michigan and across the country, having a baby is a time of joy and happiness. However, that can all be undone if women have a concern that their jobs will no longer be available to them or other forms of workplace discrimination will occur due to the decision to have a child. What many might not be aware of is that pregnancy discrimination is illegal and there are steps that can be taken if it happens.
In some instances, workplace discrimination can affect a Michigan resident's employment. Those who are subjected to any form of discrimination need to understand that it is against the law and that they have rights.
The proverbial "glass ceiling" still exists in the United States, including in Detroit, Michigan. The term describes the barrier that exists in the advancement of a career because of employment discrimination, such as gender discrimination. The "good old boys" mentality unfortunately still exists in some places and there have been attempts to stop women from advancing in business. The glass ceiling impact is very subtle and it often compels women to resign from a job. However, before doing so, the woman employee may want to consider the available legal options.
Federal law forbids disability discrimination in all 50 states. In an earlier post, our readers saw that employers in Michigan are not allowed to discriminate against an individual based on disability.
All employees in the United States should be treated equally in the eyes of the law. However, workplace discrimination still persists, and it is not uncommon for a Michigan employee to face workplace discrimination. Any employee or job applicant who is not treated fairly because of a disability has the right to file a claim with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
It is not uncommon for Michigan employees to experience workplace discrimination. It is illegal under federal and Michigan law, however, to discriminate against employees on the basis of religion, race or gender. It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because of that person's association with a particular organization. Federal employees and employees of federal contractors also have the right to bring a federal claim alleging workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or sexual identity.