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Network releases employees from NDA on sexual harassment

Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) are important employment law contracts. A Michigan resident may be asked to sign an NDA when they start a new job or are promoted into a position of authority. Generally, NDAs are used to protect information, trade secrets and other sensitive data that is proprietary to an organization. When a person breaks the terms of their NDA, they may face termination from their job or other penalties.

Not long ago the media company NBC announced that it would release former employees from their NDAs with regard to information that they may have concerning sexual harassment. Several prominent media and news figures have been accused of varying forms of sexual harassment against fellow colleagues but some potential victims may have hesitated to come forward due to their standing NDA agreements. An NDA can survive a person's tenure with an organization.

Discrimination is not an acceptable workplace condition

Every workplace has its benefits and drawbacks. A Michigan resident may love the work that they do for their employer, but may find it difficult to work with all of their co-workers. Alternatively, an individual may adore the people that share their workspace, but may find their on-the-job tasks to be tedious. However, no matter where a person works or what they do for a living, they should not have to endure harassment or discrimination when they do their job.

Discrimination and harassment are prohibited employment actions in for many different employers and types of workplaces. Individuals may not be treated differently at work because of their race or religion, gender or sexual orientation. They may not be subjected to adverse employment actions, like demotions, loss of responsibilities or terminations because of their inclusion in these and other protected classes.

Miller Cohen PLC Attorneys Announced Super Lawyer And Rising Star In 2019

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Miller Cohen PLC is proud to announce the inclusion of Bruce A. Miller, Richard G. Mack Jr., and Robert Fetter on the 2019 Michigan Super Lawyers list and Keith D. Flynn on the 2019 Rising Stars List. Michigan Super Lawyers recognizes the top 5% of all attorneys in the State. Michigan Rising Stars recognizes the top 2.5% of all attorneys in the State under 40 years or younger or who have been practicing for ten years or less.

Depression as the grounds for a disability benefits claim

Depression is a serious mental illness that afflicts millions of people across the country. Right here in Michigan, many residents suffer under the weight of mental illnesses and struggle to make ends meet as they fight their depression and look for ways to improve their quality of life. Not everyone is able to function while suffering from depression, and those whose depression is disabling may qualify for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration.

Qualifying for disability benefits requires significant medical documentation and proof. A person must be able to show that they suffer from multiple symptoms of depression, such as decreased energy, suicidal thoughts, problems sleeping, depressed mood, and feelings of worthlessness. This list is not exhaustive of all possible symptoms of depression. Additionally they must be able to show that their depression prevents them from using information, working with others, changing their behaviors to fit into new situations, and maintaining their concentration.

Michigan couple awarded $11.4 million in discrimination case

Employees often look at their workplace as a place they enjoy being in. While this is an ideal situation, this is not always the case. For some, the workplace can be uncomfortable due to acts of discrimination and harassment. Although laws and regulations protect employees from such treatment, some employees unfortunately have this experience. And, in these matters, an employee has the right to take action against this mistreatment.

According to recent reports, a husband and wife in Lansing were awarded $11.4 million in a case alleging racial discrimination and retaliation. The married couple worked in the Corrections Department, the wife as probation officers and the husband as the deputy warden.

Going through the appeal process following a SSD denial

Whether one has been living with a disability since birth or acquired one later in life because of an illness or injury, it is important that individuals in Michigan and elsewhere to understand what they can do to ease the challenges that a disability could pose. In some instances, an individual may be unable to work or maintain a livable income. In these matters, it can be imperative to explore one's options when it comes to Social Security disability benefits.

Applying for disability benefits can be an overwhelming time, as one has likely never gone through this application process. While one may believe that they meet the definition of disabled and are suffering from a qualifying condition, the reality is that many initial applications are denied. Thus, it is important to also understand the appeal process.

When is a firing considered to be a wrongful termination?

When individuals in Michigan and elsewhere are hired for a new position, it is likely their intention to maintain this job until he or she seeks other employment. Unfortunately, some employees are let go or fired for various reasons. While there are many legal reasons to fire an employee, employers should note when and how it would be unlawful to terminate an employee.

When is a firing considered to be a wrongful termination? The main reason one might suspect a wrongful termination is when a firing is discriminatory. This means that a person was fired based on a protected characteristic, such as their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion and other similar characteristics.

Guiding you through the SSD application process

Acclimating to life with a disability can be challenging. This is especially true when the government is taking steps to cut costs, thereby impacting the Social Security Disability program. Those applying for SSD benefits may be deterred from applying for these necessary funds. The process is not only complex at times, but many applicants are initially denied.

At Miller Cohen, PLC, our experienced attorneys understand how difficult and emotional this process can be. This is especially true for those going through additional steps, working through the reconsideration and appeals process. While there are many steps to take, our law firm has the knowledge and expertise to help Michigan residents navigate the application process, ensuring our clients are well informed of their rights and options every step of the way.

Fiat Chrysler case highlights whistleblower protections

Michigan and federal laws protect workers after they report illegal or unethical behavior by their employers to the authorities. However, workers can find it hard to protect their rights under these laws.

An ongoing trial involving an auto executive recently highlighted the issue of whistleblowing in business. A Fiat Chrysler Automobiles sales executive is engaged in litigation with his employer over his pay, after he said his pay was cut by 90%.

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