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Pregnancy discrimination in Michigan

Michigan employers are required to follow federal laws, including anti-discrimination laws that are in place to protect pregnant women. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act was passed specifically to address the issues faced by pregnant women in the work force. They are to be treated equally in regards to hiring and firing, pay levels, job assignments, fringe benefits, promotions and other areas, such as scheduled hours and overtime.

Federal laws protect those with disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, and the Rehabilitation Act, as amended, are designed to protect individuals with a qualified disability from unfavorable treatment by employers or other entities based on their disability or the history of a disability. Neglecting to provide reasonable accommodations to a person, with the exception of accommodations that may create a significant hardship or expense for the entity or employer, is illegal under federal law. Associational discrimination based upon a close relationship to a disabled individual is also addressed under these laws.

Fired producer sues CNN over age, race discrimination

In a case that could be of interest to Michigan residents, a former television news producer is suing CNN for discrimination and wrongful termination. The 51-year-old producer covered major U.S. news events, such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina and the 2012 presidential election over his 17 years with the network.

Michigan raises the bar to stop sexual harassment

A recently compiled study performed by the Restaurant Opportunities Center United cites that almost 90% of women who are employed in restaurant jobs report experiencing sexual harassment on an ongoing basis. The study was conducted from May through August via personal interview and online and examined responses from 688 restaurant employees. The most predominant finding was that restaurant workers who are paid at the lower minimum wage of $2.13 per hour are twice as more likely to be harassed than those paid at the standard federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

U.S. agency files first lawsuits protecting transgender workers

A funeral home in Michigan and an eye clinic in Florida broke the law when they fired employees who were making a transition from male to female, according to lawsuits suits filed by a federal agency Sept. 26. The lawsuits mark the first time the U.S. government has sued employers to protect the rights of transgender individuals.

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