When people become disabled, it usually becomes vitally important that they find a way to make ends meet financially. This is because, with a disability, working and being self-sufficient may be either extremely difficult or impossible. For disabled people who can no longer support themselves sufficiently, Social Security Disability is a program that offers a lifeline to benefits.
The United States Department of Labor ("DOL") found in favor of Theresa Ely, a custodian with the Dearborn Heights Public School District No. 7, after she was disciplined, reprimanded, and treated less favorable than other employees for raising numerous concerns about possible asbestos exposure in the District's schools. The DOL found that the District's conduct violated the Clean Air Act ("CAA") and awarded her $8,139.04 in economic damages and $185,000 in compensatory damages for emotional stress, past and future medical expenses, and loss of reputation and humiliation.
Miller Cohen Attorneys, Keith D. Flynn and Adam M. Taub, were successful in obtaining a jury verdict in a Family Medical Leave Act case involving a Wayne County Sheriff's officer. A jury in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan found in favor of a former officer with the Wayne County Sheriff's Department after he was terminated for taking leave covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA"). The jury found that Wayne County's conduct interfered with the officer's rights under the FMLA. Federal Court Judge Gershwin Drain entered Judgment in the case awarding the Plaintiff $326,391.59 in back-pay, attorneys' fees, costs, and prejudgment interest. Judge Drain also ordered that the Defendant pay post-judgment interest as well.
Most Michigan workers are probably aware that they have key rights in the workplace. However, many don't realize the extent of their rights, or the extent to which they can be protected, under employment law. One aspect of employment law that is often misunderstood is the fact that workers also have rights when it comes to employment with temporary agencies or staffing firms.
Becoming disabled is a huge change that can have repercussions in all areas of a person's life. This is true, of course, for a person of any station in life, but it can be particularly overwhelming for a people who have others who depend on them. This could be a parent who suddenly becomes disabled and has children to care for, a breadwinner whose injury could threaten the financial well-being of a spouse or a person who has a disabled child.