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Michigan workers' union violates workers' rights

The Michigan State Employees Association is a union, and it is supposed to fight for the rights of state workers. However, a new report ironically accuses the union of treating its own workers in an unfair manner. Those workers, who are central office employees, actually have a smaller union within the MSEA, called the Central Office Staff Association, or COSA.

Genetic information can't be used for discrimination

With the passing of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, it became illegal for employers to discriminate against workers or potential workers based on the grounds of their genetic background, if this information was made available to the employer. This move added this discrimination to more well-known types such as age discrimination and racial discrimination.

Your employer doesn't have all the power

If you and your employer get into a dispute about some aspect of your employment, it's easy to feel like you don't have any power and your employer is holding all of the cards. After all, your employer is in charge of you in the business owner/employee relationship sense, so it's easy to transfer this standing to all issues that you may have. Much of society is structured on this same model, with various levels of authority, and so people naturally feel like they can't do much if they are at a lower level.

Your protections when reporting safety violations

The state wants employees to report safety violations, which is part of the reason that the Michigan Occupational Safety & Health Act exists. The MIOSHA was created to define employee and employer rights, and the responsibilities and obligations of both parties. Below are a few examples:

What factors into a wrongful termination settlement?

In some cases, if you file a lawsuit for wrongful termination, your former employer will want to meet with you and your legal team to agree on a settlement outside of the courtroom. Companies are often inclined to try to reach a quick settlement for many reasons -- including protecting the company's public image.

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