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U.S. Supreme Court decision supports Pregnancy Discrimination Act

A lawyer for a woman who will now get a chance to bring her pregnancy discrimination case to court praised the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court that sent the case back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. A teacher at the University of Michigan Law School, he said that the Supreme Court had sent a clear message to employers that they should accommodate pregnant workers.

Sex discrimination lawsuit hits Facebook

Claiming that her boss belittled her and made sexist and racist comments throughout her three years at Facebook, a former employee is suing the company for sex and race discrimination. Most states, including Michigan, have civil rights laws in place that ban workplace harassment or discrimination based on gender, race, religion, age and other factors. The challenge for a plaintiff is to prove that such bias was indeed the basis for workplace harassment or dismissal.

Former Google engineer accuses tech giant of sexual harassment

Michigan residents may be interested to learn that a former Google employee is claiming she was a victim of sexual harassment while working at the tech giant. She made the allegations on Twitter on March 7.

Religious discrimination in the workplace

Michigan workers may know that discrimination in the workplace is illegal under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. This includes religious discrimination. In a case before the United States Supreme Court, the plaintiff states that her use of religious headgear deprived her of the opportunity to work for a major clothing manufacturer as a model.

Harassment as a form of workplace discrimination

Discrimination is prohibited under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. This includes harassment based on religion, national origin, race, age, sex and color. Retaliation as harassment is also prohibited in anti-discrimination laws. Michigan workers may not realize the different ways that harassment may occur.

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