Workplace Rights

The workplace can be intimidating, and it may seem as if the boss holds all the cards. In fact, Michigan and U.S. law guarantee certain rights for all workers, including the right to a minimum wage, limits on working hours, the right to a safe workplace, and the right to join or form a union. The ACLU is committed to worker rights and has a long history of defending and preserving the rights of workers.

 

Federal Judge Hears Challenge Against Michigan Domestic Partner Health Care Ban

Federal Judge Hears Challenge Against Michigan Domestic Partner Health Care Ban

DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal judge today to strike down a state law that bans many public entities from providing health insurance to the domestic partners of their employees. The ACLU also asked the judge to block the ban until a decision is issued.

ACLU Tells Federal Appeals Court to Reinstate Lawsuit Against Wal-Mart for Wrongfully Firing Medical Marijuana Patient

ACLU Tells Federal Appeals Court to Reinstate Lawsuit Against Wal-Mart for Wrongfully Firing Medical Marijuana Patient

2012-04-18 00:00:00

The American Civil Liberties Union today argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit that its lawsuit charging Wal-Mart and the manager of its Battle Creek, Mich. store with wrongfully firing an employee for using medical marijuana in accordance with state law should be reinstated. The patient, Joseph Casias, used marijuana outside of work to treat the painful symptoms of an inoperable brain tumor and cancer.

Standing up For the Future: How Could I Not?

Standing up For the Future: How Could I Not?

2012-04-06 00:00:00

Shortly after the New Jersey legislature passed its marriage equality bill earlier this year, I drafted a letter to Gov. Chris Christie.

Many around the country did the same to urge the Governor to sign the bill into law.

How could I not?

In part, I wrote:

"I am compelled to let you know that denying anyone the right to marry is not a battle that young people are willing to fight. My peers, both Republicans and Democrats, don't view homosexuality as any less than heterosexuality.”

Who’s Elliott Larsen? Searching for Equality in Michigan

Who’s Elliott Larsen? Searching for Equality in Michigan

2012-02-21 00:00:00

Lately, I've been hearing a lot of talk here in Western Michigan about the mysterious Elliott Larsen.

Seems like everyone is meeting, planning, forming opinions, and talking about this “Elliott Larsen” over coffee.  Even my good friend Susan asked me in a hushed voice, "Just who is this Elliott Larsen?"

As it turns out, Elliott Larsen isn’t a person – it is an Act.

ACLU Challenges Michigan Domestic Partner Health Care Ban

ACLU Challenges Michigan Domestic Partner Health Care Ban

2012-01-05 00:00:00

DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit today asking the court to strike down a new state law that bans many public entities from providing health care insurance to the domestic partners of their employees. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of school teachers, city and county workers and their domestic partners who will lose their health insurance as a result of the law.

ACLU Blasts Governor Snyder for Signing Domestic Partner Benefits Ban, Vows Legal Challenge

ACLU Blasts Governor Snyder for Signing Domestic Partner Benefits Ban, Vows Legal Challenge

2011-12-22 00:00:00

DETROIT—The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today expressed deep concern over Governor Rick Snyder’s decision to sign a bill into law that would bar public employers from providing domestic partner protections to their employees. The ACLU has vowed to challenge the constitutionality of the law on behalf of families who will lose their health protections.

Don’t Sign Away Michigan Families’ Health

Don’t Sign Away Michigan Families’ Health

2011-12-15 00:00:00

Last week, thousands of Michiganders spoke out against House Bills 4770 and 4771, urging Governor Snyder to do the right thing for Michigan families and veto this bad legislation.

This morning, Governor Snyder asked the State House to provide a specific clarification that the colleges and universities are exempt from the ban on domestic partner benefits that House Bills 4770 and 4771.

ACLU Urges Governor Snyder to Protect Michigan Families, Veto Anti-Domestic Partner Bills

ACLU Urges Governor Snyder to Protect Michigan Families, Veto Anti-Domestic Partner Bills

2011-12-12 00:00:00

DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today urged Governor Rick Snyder on behalf of four families to veto legislation that would ban public employers from providing domestic partner benefits. House Bills 4770 and 4771 passed the State House and Senate late last week.

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August 31, 2011 Update
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August 31, 2011 Women’s Rights
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December 03, 2014 Civil Rights
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December 01, 2014 RFRA
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November 21, 2014 This Week Online
The ACLU of Michigan is tracking hundreds of legal cases and pieces of legislation that impact your civil liberties at any given moment, covering all concerns...
November 14, 2014 This Week Online
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November 13, 2014
LANSING, Mich. — Freedom Michigan coalition members are speaking out against a bill introduced by State Rep. Frank Foster (R-Petoskey) that would allow...
November 12, 2014 LGBT Rights
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October 30, 2014
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September 11, 2014 LGBT Rights
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December 12, 2013 Women’s Rights
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June 28, 2013 LGBT Rights
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April 05, 2013 Weekly Rights Review
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January 31, 2013 Right to Work
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December 07, 2012 Capitol Lockout
To: Governor Rick Snyder P.O. Box 30013 Lansing, Michigan 48909 Dear Governor Snyder: The events today at the State Capitol have been extremely disappointing...
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December 12, 2011 LGBT Rights
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October 19, 2011 Due Process
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July 28, 2011 Work Place Rights
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July 01, 2011 Student Rights
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June 10, 2011 Weekly Rights Review
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April 27, 2011 Medical Marijuana
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April 01, 2011 Your Weekly Rights Review
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November 12, 2010 Drug Policy
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June 29, 2010 Medical Marijuana
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September 09, 2009 ACLU
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September 10, 2008
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August 27, 2008
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July 24, 2008
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November 16, 2007 Criminal Justice
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December 19, 2006
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November 01, 2006
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September 21, 2006 Religious Liberty
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August 31, 2006 Criminal Justice
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April 19, 2005
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April 13, 2005 Work Place Rights
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September 23, 2004
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January 01, 2004
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November 24, 2003 LGBT Rights
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January 29, 2003 Safe & Free
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November 07, 2001 Voting Rights
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September 05, 2000 Drug Policy
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