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Michigan religious discrimination accusations growing steadily

Complaints of religious discrimination in the workplace seem to be on the rise in Michigan. Between the years 2012 and 2014, claims of employees who claimed they had suffered religious discrimination shot up 24 percent. Some individuals point to certain Michigan employers' ignorance of the law as it pertains to religious accommodations as one source of the increase.

Weight Watchers settles employment discrimination lawsuit

A company that gained popularity for helping individuals to lose weight was accused of discriminating against a potential employee for the extra weight that she was set to gain during pregnancy. The Michigan applicant, who was pregnant at the time of an interview, claims that she was not offered the position due to her pregnancy. Weight Watchers -- the weight-loss company involved in this claim -- recently agreed to settle the employment discrimination lawsuit that was brought against them for this apparent discrimination.

Weight discrimination illegal in Michigan, but still prevalent

A number of factors may influence an individual's weight. From genetics to medications being taken, there are certain outside influences beyond a person's control that can cause them to become -- and stay -- overweight. While Michigan has banned discrimination based on an employee's weight, the measure was originally introduced to prevent discrimination against women for traditionally male careers. This may no longer afford overweight employees the proper protection.

Union teachers fight employment violations, reach settlement

Unions are usually intended to protect certain sectors of the workforce, such as firefighters or factory workers, from injustices that rage from improper wages to unsafe working conditions. A group of unionized Michigan teachers recently determined a settlement with the school where they teach. The school was accused of employment violations relating to some teachers' union status. Some hope that this settlement will allow teachers to more fully focus on their jobs.

Sexual harassment particularly difficult for military men

Sexual harassment may typically be seen as a mostly female issue in the workplace. However, men are also victims of sexual harassment while on the job, and for some it can be even more damaging. A recent Michigan State University study revealed that men in the military may be hit particularly hard after being sexually harassed.

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