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Fired employees plan to file wrongful dismissal lawsuit

Former employees of a Michigan mental health facility are considering filing a class-action lawsuit against the state for wrongful termination of their jobs. According to reports, the employees were manually restraining a combative mental patient who suffered a broken arm as a result. As a response, the state suspended 28 people from their jobs, and several were later fired.

Michigan right-to-work-case reaches state Supreme Court

Michigan's Supreme Court recently heard a case involving workers' rights and is expected to render its decision by the end of July. The case involves employment problems related to the right-to-work law for the state and its application to state employees who are part of unions. A law passed in 2012 indicates that union fee payment cannot be required as a condition for employment. A separate law was also passed with regard to private employment.

What are the Michigan Right to Know amendments?

Certain provisions are contained in the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act that give employees the right to know what hazardous chemicals to which they are exposed on the job, how they are harmful and how to work around them safely. These provisions require employers to do several things to provide this information to workers.

School, former employee to go to mediation on FMLA claim

A former employee of the Kent Intermediate School District in Michigan and the school district have agreed to try to settle the employee's case by going through mediation. The employee, an early education coordinator with the district, alleges the district violated the federal Family Medical Leave Act by terminating her position.

Attorney general says Title VII applies to transgender rights

An announcement by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder radically changes the federal understanding of how Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its prohibition of gender discrimination functions by encompassing not only gender at birth but the entire spectrum of gender identity. The announcement, which follows a 2012 lawsuit naming Holder as the defendant, influences the Department of Justice definition of sexual discrimination, with widespread implications for federal employees and private-sector employers.

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