practice areas: Discrimination in the Workplace
The law forbids discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment. The basis for discrimination must be that of a protected class under the law in the jurisdiction the discrimination arises. Under both Michigan and Federal law it is illegal for employers to treat individuals less favorably due to their sex, race, age, national origin, religion, FMLA, pregnancy or disability. Some jurisdictions also prevent discrimination based on characteristics such as sexual orientation, weight, and height.