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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Employees Wanted – Work at Your Own Risk

Workplace InjuryBloomberg Business Week recently featured a story about the South’s manufacturing renaissance. The article, by Peter Waldman, is titled Inside Alabama’s Auto Jobs Boom: Cheap Wages, Little Training, Crushed Limbs. The workplace injuries and deaths described are simply horrific. Here are a few examples: A female employee at auto parts supplier Ajin USA was impaled while trying to fix a robot. View Full Post
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New Wrinkle in Employment Disputes: Social Media Ownership

Ownership disputes between employers and employees over social media accounts (think Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn) are becoming more frequent. This point is highlighted in a wrongful termination lawsuit between Tomi Lahren, a former “reporter” and her employer, TheBlaze. TheBlaze is owned by Glenn Beck. View Full Post
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