While women have made tremendous strides in every professional field, there is still much to be done to bring workplace sexual harassment and discrimination to an end. Unfortunately, there is no type of workplace in Michigan or elsewhere that is immune to this type of bias. One misconception that some may have about sexual harassment, gender bias and employment law is that these types of concerns only come up in traditionally male-dominated fields, such as manufacturing or engineering.
Getting fired from a job is almost always a traumatic experience for the person who has just been let go unexpectedly. Getting fired for an illegitimate reason can be even worse. Sometimes, a person who exposes wrongdoing or illegal activity in their workplace may be let go by an unscrupulous employer. Knowing the employment law options can help such workers assert their rights in the face of an employer's illegal action.
Some of our readers might think that hospitals are generally among the safest of places, both for workers and for those they care for. However, hospital employees, from doctors to receptionists to patient care techs to janitors, often face a variety of challenges throughout their day. One challenge all workers in Michigan could face is an employment law violation on the part of their employer.
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.
Many Michigan residents have undoubtedly dealt with a hostile workplace at some point in their working lives. In today's uncertain economy, many workplaces might be struggling to stay afloat and workers at all levels may understandably be on edge. Some may even remain in jobs where they are treated poorly, due to fear of losing their paycheck or dealing with the repercussions of getting fired. In these types of situations, an employment law attorney may be able to help.
Since 2004 teaching assistants employed by colleges and universities were denied the right to organize and belong to unions by the National Labor Relations Board. The NLRB is supposed to protect the right of employees to join, or refrain, from joining unions. How is it possible that the Board created by Congress to protect the right of working people to join unions disallowed almost 400,000 teaching assistants that right? Simple. It was a Republican Board. George Bush was President.
What types of workplace discrimination exist - and are illegal - in the state of Michigan? This could be a question on the minds of many local workers these days, as jobs may be scarce and workplace conditions less than ideal. Knowing what types of discrimination exist is important for those who may be affected by this harmful practice. Moreover, if one person in a workplace is being treated unfairly, chances are others are, too.