Michigan Municipalities Barred from Regulating Salary History Questions in Job Interviews Michigan municipalities won’t be able to enact local legislation championed as one way to eliminate the wage gap between men and women under a bill heading to Gov. Rick Snyder. Specifically, legislation (SB No. 353) restricts municipalities from regulating what information employers must request, require or exclude during job interviews passed the Republican-controlled House on Wednesday. View Full Post
Learning From a Trade Secret Misappropriation Suit Against Former Employees A trade secret misappropriation lawsuit was filed on March 3, 2018 (Bankers Life and Casualty Co. v Knox) against two former employees. The suit, among other issues, raises two points important to individuals looking to start a new business and for business owners interested in protecting their company’s competitive interests. View Full Post
Failing to Provide Pregnant Employee Option to Telecommute Violated ADA After a recent court opinion, Michigan companies will need to carefully re-evaluate whether allowing an employee the opportunity to telecommute as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). The case, Mosby-Meachem v Memphis Light, Gas & Water Division, involved an in-house attorney for Memphis Light, Gas & Water Division. View Full Post
Michigan Hospital Sued for Failing to Accommodate Religious Belief over Flu Vaccine How far does an employer have to go to accommodate an employee’s religious beliefs? That is an issue raised in a lawsuit filed by the EEOC against Memorial Healthcare on February 13 (EEOC v Memorial Healthcare). The suit claims the Michigan hospital failed to reasonably accommodate Yvonne Bair’s religious practices when it rescinded its job offer after Bair claimed her religious beliefs prevented her from getting a flu vaccine. View Full Post
If Only Losing Pounds Were as easy as Losing a Weight Discrimination Lawsuit Companies employing individuals in Michigan are often surprised to learn Michigan law specifically prohibits weight discrimination. Specifically, Michigan’s anti-discrimination statute, the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA), prohibits an employer from failing or refusing to hire, discharge, or otherwise discriminate against an individual in employment because of weight. View Full Post
Plaintiffs Face Many Pitfalls in Employment Discrimination Suits To be blunt, employment discrimination claims are challenging lawsuits for plaintiffs to win. A recent employment discrimination lawsuit explains this point. Trial Court and the Appeal – A tale of two discrimination findings In the case, Patten v City of Ann Arbor, the plaintiff sued her former employer and supervisors for discrimination under Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) & Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (CRA). View Full Post
Learning from this Company’s Mistake: Don’t Mishandle Employment Agreements An interview with a successful CEO offers business owners a chance to learn from a costly mistake involving employment agreements. This mistake could have doomed her company before it became a billion-dollar business. Specifically, Therese Tucker is the CEO of BlackLine, which provides automated finance and accounting software. View Full Post