Is It Lawful to Terminate an Employee Who Attended a Neo-Nazi or White Supremacist Rally?

Is “check to see if any employees came out to support Nazis or White Supremacist” the new normal for HR? After this weekend’s tragic and despicable events in Virginia, it looks like the answer is yes. The events in question involved a rally of white supremacist, KKK members, and Neo-Nazis that took place at the University of Virginia. View Full Post
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Social Media – Truth Serum in an Age of Alternative Facts?

One aspect of my legal practice that has changed over the years is the amount of time I focus on my clients’ social media use, as well as investigating an opposing party’s social media accounts. The reason for such attention is simple; it is often a goldmine for inconsistencies, admissions, or even outright lies that can make or break a case. View Full Post
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Corporate Funeral Home Argues Religious Belief Exempts Title VII Anti-Discrimination Law

Major world religionsOn May 17, 2017, attorneys for a corporation operating a Detroit funeral home that fired a transgender employee filed its appeal brief. The brief argues that the corporation could fire a transgender employee who refused to follow its sex-specific dress code because allowing her to wear women’s clothes at work would violate the religious beliefs of the corporation’s majority shareholder. View Full Post
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The Risks of Relying On Free Online Legal Advice

The saying, “you get what you pay for,” is cliché. But it is no less true. And it is an accurate cliché when it comes to online legal advice. The Danger of Relying on Legal Advice from Free Q&A Websites Various websites offer answers to legal questions from attorneys who register with the Q&A site and sign up. View Full Post
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Proposed Legislation to Improve and Expand Michigan Business Courts

Noncompete lawProposed legislation would revise Michigan’s business courts. It would provide several revisions, including a change that will be important concerning non-compete disputes. Michigan experimented with creating a “business court” docket in 2011 in Macomb County Circuit Court. The experiment expanded into Kent County in March 2012 and Oakland County in July 2012. View Full Post
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Religion and LGBT Discrimination – Who is Protected Under Title VII

Employer Religious Freedom and LGBT RightsLast year we reported on an important LGBT case involving a Michigan corporation that fired a transgender female employee (EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc.). The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) argued Title VII’s ban on sex discrimination prohibits bias based on gender identity. View Full Post
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