22 September 2020
Given all the events in the past few months, diversity has been a focus for many organizations. More specifically, there have been a number of pledges to have greater diversity. Jaime Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase, took a knee with employees to protest racial injustice in law enforcement. There have also been a number of marketing changes by organizations to promote the diversity theme.
8 September 2020
The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court’s decision determining that an auto parts supplier in Caro, MI, had not committed age discrimination under Michigan’s Elliot-Larsen Civil Right Act. Walbro LLC fired the plaintiff, a department manager and 41-year veteran, allegedly based upon his age. He was 60 years old at the time. Lowe v. Walbro LLC (Case 19-2386)
8 September 2020
The Bostock decision on LGBTQ rights under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act was a civil rights victory long coming. From the American perception of same sex marriage to LGBTQ rights, the country took a mighty swing to a new direction since the 1990s when the Defense of Marriage Act was enacted by Congress under the Clinton Administration. The decision itself was groundbreaking in that it was a 6-3 decision with two of the “conservative” justices voting with the...
4 August 2020
It is generally thought of that HR is on the side of management, although at times they will mediate between management and employees. However, what are the rights of an employer when an HR employee assists an employee with the filing of an EEOC charge against the employer?
16 June 2020
In a surprising six-three decision written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects LGBTQ rights (Bostock v. Clayton County Georgia, No. 17-1618 (June 15, 2020)). Before the decision, 21 states had their own laws prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and seven more provided that protection only to public employees. Michigan does not provide any...
12 May 2020
Employers have had to make difficult decisions in the past couple months, and older workers seem to be a primary target for reduction in workforce. Before the economic shutdowns, the unemployment rate for those 55 and older was around 3.5%. Now it is 13.6%. Women over 55 are higher at 15.5%.
10 March 2020
As of March 11, it is reported that the global death toll from the virus is now around 4,300. COVID-19 has infected over 119,500 people across the world and spread to more than 80 countries and territories so far. There have been 30 reported deaths in the United States with over 1,000 reported cases. Two cases are now being reported in Michigan (Wayne County – domestic travel identified and currently in isolation; Oakland County – international travel identified and...
21 January 2020
For years, if not decades, the debate over whether Michigan’s Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) covers LGBT has raged. Court challenges have been the preferred method to change the law, but the courts have been split over whether the characteristic of Sex enumerated in the law was intended to also cover sexual orientation.
7 January 2020
In early December, fast-food chain Chipotle Mexican Grill settled a lawsuit in which a male employee alleged he was sexually harassed by his female supervisor. He also alleged that he was later subjected to retaliation by his supervisor after he reported her behavior. Chipotle has agreed to pay $95,000 to the employee and make substantial changes to their sexual harassment policies and training in order to settle the sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S....
10 December 2019
Last month the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) concluded six years of litigation against a national retailer by settling for a $6 million dollar judgement and requiring the employer to change some of its pre-employment screening practices.
3 December 2019
Is discrimination on the rise at the workplace? It appears so. According to a survey from Glassdoor and the Harris Poll of 1,100 U.S. employees across age groups, three out of every five workers have either witnessed or been a target of some form of discrimination at work, based on their age, race, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Yet EEOC filings have steadily decreased over the years.
26 November 2019
During some labor conflicts, workers have shouted, or in today’s technological world, made statements on social media that are clearly racially or other protected class motivated involving the use “off-color” language toward management and co-workers. When called out on this behavior, offending workers (and their union mentors) have tried to hide behind the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) arguing that verbal assaults and such behavior is protected concerted activity...
19 November 2019
At first blush, it would seem taking any action on a potential disability would violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Many employers will do pre-employment medical exams specifically to spot potential workers’ compensation possibilities. Wouldn’t not hiring based on a potential issue of disability be discrimination per se?
12 November 2019
Given that we are living in the 21st Century, women have achieved much in terms of equality in the workplace, but women are still being held back because of ignorance, economics, and the fact that societal norms are slow to change. Yet “sleeping to the top” still persists as an attack on women who have made achievements based on competency and hard work.
5 November 2019
Men are more likely than women to say they have more responsibility than their colleagues with the same job title, according to a new survey report by Clutch, a leading B2B ratings and reviews firm. More than one-quarter of men (26%) say they have more responsibility than colleagues with the same job title, compared to 18% of workers who are women.