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Pregnancy discrimination will increase by open questioning

Are the current restrictive rules regarding gender discrimination in the workplace in need of revision to allow the employer more flexibility in questioning? That issue, which is relevant in Michigan and other jurisdictions, was suggested by a recently published study of the Pew Research Center regarding millennial women in the workplace. The general conclusion was that millennial women suffer much less discrimination than their generational predecessors.

Wrongful termination claimed in lawsuit for age discrimination

A seasoned employee with almost 25 years of service probably expects to be treated with a certain amount of deference if a work injury occurs. However, it often happens in Michigan and elsewhere that the employer instead seizes the opportunity to squeeze the worker out of his job and replace him with a younger, lower-paid worker. What sometimes starts out as a back or neck injury and the collection of workers' compensation benefits may turn into full-fledged litigation for wrongful termination.

Age discrimination may increase along with an aging population

Some knowledgeable observers believe that age discrimination is on a dramatic upswing and will continue in that direction with the increased aging of the national and worldwide population. One knowledgeable commentator asserts that once a person is thrown out of a job due to age discrimination, even if she is only around 50, she may find it next to impossible to find even a starting level job thereafter. Michigan law, like all other states, makes age discrimination in employment illegal.

Retaliation against employee is prohibited by employer

In some archaic legal systems there was a principle applied from the Latin term Lex talionis, which basically justifies a retaliatory action based on the Old Testament principle of "an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth." Today, that concept is out of favor. In employment law in Michigan and everywhere else, retaliation is strictly forbidden by the civil rights laws and by other statutes that protect employee rights.

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