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Restaurant worker is protected from religious discrimination

Allegations of religious discrimination in employment seem to have picked up in recent years. Perhaps that has to do with the spread of a variety of fundamentalist religious doctrines both domestically in the United States and internationally. The effect of these groups' activities has been to project the issue of religion directly into disputes such as the freedom to practice and honor one's religion at work. Religious discrimination at work is thus a current topic of general concern in Michigan and throughout the country.

Employment discrimination laws protect fertility treatments

We've explained in other blogs that the EEOC is the federal agency that processes most discrimination cases prior to litigation being filed. The procedure is parallel from state to state, including Michigan. Where the agency finds cause, it will try to conciliate a settlement between the parties. If a settlement is not obtained the agency will issue a right to sue letter to the claimant. In limited instances, the EEOC will file the employment discrimination suit on behalf of the claimant.

Age discrimination leaves telltale signs of employer's intent

It's a matter of simple mathematics for a company: lose a seasoned worker with a relatively high salary and benefits, and replace him or her with a much younger in a much lower pay-scale and the company has pocketed substantial funds toward other purposes. Companies in Michigan or elsewhere that actively plot to carry out age discrimination are in a sense dooming their prospects for success. The proper paradigm today is not ruthless selfishness but instead is based on a growing practice of group inter-connectedness, individual self-worth and encouragement of creative expression.

Former administrator sues university for racial discrimination

The federal civil rights acts prohibit racial discrimination in employment. The law forbids any kind of discrimination with respect to the hiring, promoting, demoting, firing or other acts affecting the terms and conditions of the job, on the basis of race or other protected employee statuses. As a federal law this applies in Michigan and every other state. An individual claiming a wrongful termination due to civil rights violations must first file a claim with the employer so the employer may investigate and take corrective action where needed.

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