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Can an at-will worker be a victim of wrongful termination?

While Michigan is considered to be an at-will employment state, this does not mean that an employer is off the hook for terminating an employee under discriminatory or otherwise improper circumstances. While many people may associate being wrongfully fired from a job with discrimination, other factors may also be involved. If you feel as though you have been the victim of a wrongful termination from an at-will employment, it is important to be aware of what may constitute such a discharge.

Gender discrimination may keep women out of engineering

Despite an increase in female presence in the workplace, there are still several fields of work that appear to be mostly dominated by men. A recent study has found that to even enter these fields, most women must relinquish their feminine side while at work. However, this may mean that some women have been the victim of gender discrimination simply for seeking employment in an area of work that is not typically staffed by female workers.

Former teacher says cell photos led to wrongful termination

A former middle school teacher claims that she wrongly lost her job following an incident with personal photos stored on her cell phone. Although teachers are generally expected to adhere to a certain form of conduct while on the job, questions are often raised as to what may be appropriate activity when they are off the job. This can become particularly relevant whenever pictures of such outside activity may be leaked to students and their parents. Those in Michigan who believe that they have been the victim of a wrongful termination due to a similar situation may take special note of this woman’s actions.

Breastfeeding employees may face unintentional discrimination

When it comes to their children, new mothers have to grapple with important decisions every day. For some, this means deciding whether to return to work or stay at home, while other Michigan mothers might be torn on whether to use cloth or disposable diapers. World Breastfeeding Week, which takes place from Aug. 1 to Aug. 7, 2014, highlights a difficult decision that some working mothers may have faced discrimination in the workplace for -- how to feed their child.

7-Eleven accused of ethnicity discrimination by franchise owners

7-Eleven, a convenience store chain that operates in 16 countries and across the United States — including in Michigan — has been accused of some fairly serious and widespread discrimination. Over 1,200 members of a franchise owner group have accused the company of racial and ethnicity discrimination. For some, this alleged discrimination may have ultimately resulted in the forced stripping of some owners’ stores.

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