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Landmark Case Headed to t…

Landmark Case Headed to the Supreme Court

Last year, we covered Stephens v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc., a 2018 Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals case holding that discrimination on the basis of transgender and transitioning status violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. As r… Read More
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Don’t Take Weight Discr…

Don’t Take Weight Discrimination Lightly

Did you know that at present, Michigan is the only state with a civil rights statute that specifically designates “weight” as a protected class under the law?  Under the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (“ELCRA”), Michigan employers are prohi… Read More
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Consistency Is Key

Consistency Is Key

According to Ralph Waldo Emerson, “a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” What then of wise consistencies? In the employment context, they are to be strived for! And the following tips may be helpful:  Enforcing policies consi… Read More
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Refining the Fine Print

Arbitration is a dispute resolution process for resolving conflicts outside of the court system.  Like a judge, the arbitrator (or arbitration panel) renders a binding decision at the conclusion of the case.  Arbitration has sometimes been viewed a… Read More
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Success Worth “Phoning…

Success Worth “Phoning Home” About

Last month, Wright Beamer secured the dismissal of two federal cases brought under the Telephonic Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”).  Under the TCPA, companies are prohibited from using an “Automatic Telephone Dialing System” (“ATDS” or … Read More
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Having Your “Day in Cou…

Having Your “Day in Court” Outside of the Courtroom

According to some recent studies, less than three percent of all civil cases result in a trial.  So, if ninety-seven percent of cases are resolved before trial, what are the means by which that happens?   Enter alternative dispute resolution, or … Read More
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Breaking News: Michigan M…

Breaking News: Michigan Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Update

This October, we reported that the Michigan Legislature had enacted two citizen-initiated proposals that were originally scheduled to appear on the ballot in November: (1) a gradual increase for Michigan’s minimum wage; and (2) new requirements for… Read More
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Is the Legislature Playin…

Is the Legislature Playing ‘3D’ Chess?

Until recently, two separate citizen-initiated proposals were scheduled to appear on the November ballot: (1) the Michigan minimum wage increase initiative (“One Fair Wage”), which would gradually increase Michigan’s minimum wage to $12 an hour… Read More
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Transgender Status a Prot…

Transgender Status a Protected Class

It is well-known that sex discrimination violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  What has been less clear is whether discrimination based on transgender status falls within the definition of “sex discrimination.”   In other words,… Read More
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Supreme Court Employment…

Supreme Court Employment Law Update

In what has been a consequential and controversial Term, the U.S. Supreme Court recently issued two opinions that may impact employer policies and practices.    In Encino Motorcars v. Navarro, the Court ruled that service advisors (i.e., employees… Read More
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