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Filing Workplace Discrimination Complaints in Michigan

In the state of Michigan, employees who have experienced discrimination in their workplace have the choice of filing a lawsuit in a court, or they can file a claim in one of two agencies: the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) or the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (“MDCR”). Both agencies have time constraints for filing claims. MDCR and EEOC complaints must be filed within 180 days of the date on which the alleged discrimination took place. Wh ...

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How Courts Interpret Ambiguous Contract Language

What happens when two parties disagree over the meaning and scope of a contractual agreement? Is the dispute resolved simply by reading the language of the contract in question? Yes, sometimes. Michigan courts (and federal courts applying Michigan law) generally rule that the actual contract language is the best indication of two parties’ intent in forming their agreement. Yet, that is not always the case. If the court finds ambiguity within the contract’s language, then outside ev ...

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Employment Non-compete Agreements: Enforceable in Michigan if Reasonable

Some Michigan employers use the tactic of attaching non-compete agreements to offers of employment. A non-compete agreement is a covenant that prohibits an employee from working for certain competitors over a given period of time after the employment relationship with the current employer ends. When an employee signs a non-compete agreement, it provides a distinct advantage to the employer. The non-compete contract limits the employer’s competition by restricting the future employment op ...

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What are Contingency Fees?

What is a contingency fee and how does it work? It’s not uncommon for potential legal clients to inquire about contingency fees. Basically, clients want to know what they are and how they work. A contingency fee is one pricing method used by lawyers to bill their clients. Under a contingency fee agreement, a lawyer (or law firm) does not collect a fee from the client unless the lawsuit is successful (or is favorably settled out of court). Contingency fees are usually calculated as a perce ...

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Arbitration Clauses Limit Consumer Rights

Have you been charged fees for unwanted/unselected services by your cable or cell phone provider? Have you ever been cheated out of proper compensation by an unsavory employer? If so, your consumer protection case may never have its day in court—thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, issued in 2011, which dramatically changed American citizens’ ability to access justice through the courts. Customers forced into arbitration The heart of th ...

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