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Anatomy of a federal discrimination case

Our Detroit, Michigan, employment and labor log blog has made it clear on many different occasions that many forms of discrimination, for example racial discrimination, are illegal under federal law. However, some Detroit residents might not know exactly how a lawsuit for a discrimination case is handled.

Employment contracts and wrongful termination

In most instances, employment is considered to be "at will," which means that an employer can fire an employee for any reason or no reason at all. One way to try to limit an employer's right to terminate an employee is to enter into an employment contract. These documents can cover a wide variety of issues, including salary, benefits, paid time off and limitations on the employee's behavior post-termination.

Employee rights for breastfeeding mothers

Over the last several decades, more women have chosen to enter the workforce, including those who are mothers. For some, this choice is merely to add to household wealth or continue in a profession that one loves. For others, though, the choice to work is out of financial necessity. This can be especially challenging for new mothers who may have to return to work faster than they had hoped. Yet, regardless of one's financial position, federal law provides certain protections for mothers who engage in the workforce.

6 Things to Know About the Lawsuit Miller Cohen, P.L.C. Just Filed Against the State of Michigan on Behalf of Michigan Mental Health Hospital Patients

carocenter.jpgThe Detroit News recently published an article discussing the lawsuit Miller Cohen filed against Caro Center psychiatric hospital in Tuscola County on behalf of Alan Teasel, one of roughly 600 involuntary patients at the facility. This case involves excessive mandatory overtime for the Resident Care Aides ("RCAs") at Caro Center.

Stopping sexual harassment with a culture of inclusion

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.

Protections against the firing of whistleblowers

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.

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