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When fairness overrides loyalty in the workplace

If you are one of many employees in Michigan who go to work each day and do your best to carry out your duties and to collect the paycheck that helps you make ends meet, you're probably familiar with common noun often used to describe desirable work ethics in this nation: loyalty. Being loyal to your company ranks high on the list of virtues and qualities that may place you in good standing in your workplace.

Michigan corrections officer files discrimination lawsuit

Having a job in the United States entitles you to certain rights. One of those rights is to a work environment that's free from discrimination. You can't be fired, retaliated against or passed up for a promotion based on your religion, sex, age or the color of your skin.

Michigan woman sues for wrongful termination

There are times when an employer lets go of an employee for legitimate reasons. In fact, Michigan is an "at-will" state, meaning you can be fired without giving a reason. However, there is an exception to that rule: when it happens as a retaliation, the employee has a right to take action against the employer.

Were you retaliated against at work?

Coming forward when you see your company doing something wrong is a courageous act; one that deserves to be lauded. Unfortunately, your company and even your coworkers may not see it that way at the time. In some cases, they may try to retaliate against whistleblowers as a form of punishment or a warning for anyone else who has the bravery to point out wrongdoing.

Sexual orientation and workplace discrimination

With same-sex marriage winning such a resounding victory last year, it might seem like a given that discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation would be on the books. Surprisingly, that's not the case. The federal laws say that no one can be discriminated against based on religion, color, sex, national origin or race, but there's no specific mention of sexual orientation. In fact, several federal courts in the past have ruled that gay and lesbian employees aren't protected by the same workplace discrimination laws as everyone else.

Facebook facing discrimination lawsuit

As an employee of a company, you have a right to work in an environment that doesn't discriminate against you based on race, religion, age, national origin, gender or disability. This can include things like being passed up for a promotion, being fired or having to endure inappropriate comments at work. When workplace discrimination happens, it can cost the victim both emotionally and monetarily.

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