Category Archives: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act

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The U.S. Government Shutdown’s Impact on Employers and Employees

I felt like I was watching a New Year’s Eve special last night with all the countdowns to midnight. Unfortunately (or fortunately) there was no Ryan Secrest,no ball dropping, and no confetti. Instead, the count down was for when the government would “officially” shutdown.  Regardless of who you believe should be blamed (I’ll start with … Continue Reading

“Women Are Teachable” Gender Stereotypes, Then & Now.

Labor Day is generally considered a time to recognize the social and economic achievements of U.S. workers. And a significant amount of this achievement is due to opportunities presented by removing overt discriminatory barriers to employment.   But it is also important to realize that many employment-related statutes were passed – in part – to combat … Continue Reading

How Not to Strike Out in Defending a Race Discrimination Lawsuit

A recent employment lawsuit, Ondricko v MGM Grand Detroit, LLC (PDF), for gender and race discrimination, illustrates how an employer can strike out in employment litigation by it’s own inconsistencies in disciplining employees and poor documentation for such discipline.   Factual Background Kimberly Ondricko is a white female. At the time she was terminated, she was … Continue Reading

Religion in the Workplace: Avoiding Religious Discrimination Claims

This week marked the beginning of Ramadan, which is the Islamic month of fasting. Participating Muslims generally refrain from eating and drinking during daylight hours. Ramadan is intended to teach Muslims about patience, spirituality, humility and submissiveness to God. It is also a good reminder for the need to understand restrictions against religious discrimination in … Continue Reading

Changing Gears in Reverse Discrimination Claims: Differences under Michigan and Federal Law

A Flint jury recently awarded $535,000 to a white former employee wrongfully fired after making a racial comment. This verdict also highlights important differences when it comes to reverse discrimination claims under Michigan and federal law. For background, Mr. Craig Hecht, a former charter school teacher, was fired from Linden Charter for undisputedly telling another employee that “white … Continue Reading