Seventh Circuit Affirms Title VII Protections for LGBT Workers

On April 4, the Seventh Circuit became the first federal court in the United States to extend protections under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to cover employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. The ruling in Kimberly Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College marks a significant milestone for all LGBT workers. It also means employers […]

Lessons for Employers from Uber’s Nightmare Start to 2017

To say that it has been a rough start to 2017 for the ride-sharing company Uber would be putting it mildly. A pioneer of the ride sharing economy, estimated by some to be worth $66 billion, Uber has encountered one headline-grabbing problem after another since January 1st. There is, for example, the trade secret lawsuit […]

Overtime Rule Uncertainty: How Michigan Employers Can Cope

For months, Michigan employers have been preparing for sweeping changes announced by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) earlier this year regarding how overtime pay is calculated for exempt workers. They were likely all set for the rules to take effect December 1 when a Texas federal judge issued an injunction blocking them from coming […]

Employers Can be Liable for Harassment, Discrimination from Non-Employees

Most employers understand that they have a responsibility to protect workers against harassment and discrimination from other employees. What many may not realize is that this also extends to harassing or discriminatory behavior from non-employees such as customers, clients, vendors, tradespeople, and patients. If an employer fails to do this, it can be held liable […]