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McGehee Fights on Behalf of Woman Forced Out of Work Due to Pregnancy

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan, along with Cary McGehee of the law firm Pitt McGehee Palmer Rivers & Golden, has filed an amended complaint in a federal lawsuit on behalf of a woman who was forced out of work after she became pregnant.  Asia Myers works as a certified nursing assistant at Hope Healthcare Center, a long-term care facility where she assists residents. Early in her pregnancy, she experienced complications and was told by her doctor not to perform any heavy lifting on the job. Despite the fact that the center had a history of accommodating workers with similar restrictions, Myers was told not to return to work until she was able to work without restrictions. “It’s unfair to make me choose between earning a living and protecting my health and the health of my baby when I could still perform my job without doing any heavy lifting,” said Myers. “I was only asking to be treated the same way as other workers who had temporary restrictions on lifting. I love my job and am a good worker. It was wrong to force me off the job.” Pregnancy discrimination is not only prohibited by the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act, but also by a 2009 Michigan law that clearly forbids treating pregnant women differently from any other worker with similar physical limitations. “This kind of unlawful discrimination unfairly punishes women who choose to start a family,” said Ariela Migdal, senior staff attorney with the ACLU Women’s Rights Project. “It’s shameful that 35 years after Congress passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, women are still being pushed out of the workplace once they become pregnant.” Myers was able to return to work after her doctor determined the complications had passed, but she suffered significant financial hardship from being out of work for a month. “Four years ago we fought to ensure that no woman in Michigan would face the kind of discrimination that Asia endured,” said Brooke Tucker, staff attorney with the ACLU of Michigan. “Hope Healthcare Center must be held accountable to the law so we can ensure that they will never treat pregnant workers unequally again.”

Palmer Named as 2014 'Leader in the Law'

Michigan Lawyers Weekly has chosen Pitt McGehee Rivers & Palmer Partner Robert Palmer as one of 30 lawyers in the state named to the “Leaders in the Law” Class of 2014. Chosen from dozens of nominations, Palmer and 2014 Leaders were viewed...

McGehee Elected to MSU College of Law Board of Trustees

Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers Partner Cary McGehee has been elected to the Michigan State University College of Law Board of Trustees. Michigan State University College of Law is an independent, non-profit corporation. Its affairs are managed by...

Pitt Crew Adds to Community Service Tradition

The Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers "Pitt Crew" added to their long standing tradition of serving in the community by again pitching in to lend support to the St. Peters Episcopal Church Manna Community Meal Soup Kitchen over the holidays.  An...

Pitt McGehee Rolls Up its Sleeves to Help Soup Kitchen

Pitt McGehee Palmer Rivers & Golden, which has never been shy about finding community work that needs to be done, grabbed its staff in October and traveled to St. Peter's Episcopal Church's Soup Kitchen. The firm made sandwiches and served food...

Bonanni Files Suit Against Adult Night Club Owner

Pitt McGehee Palmer Rivers & Golden Partner Megan Bonanni has filed a class action lawsuit in Federal Court in Detroit on behalf of three current and former exotic dancers against nightclubs owned by Alan Markovitz. You can read the story...

Pitt's Brown Defense Gets Attention of Oakland Press

Michigan's gay marriage case got another summary from the Oakland Press on October 16, which included an interview with Pitt McGehee Palmer Rivers & Golden Partner, Michael Pitt. In the article, Michael discussed his legal defense of Oakland...

Michael Pitt Honored by WSU Law School

[caption id="attachment_653" align="alignleft" width="270"] Wayne State University Law School Dean Jocelyn Benson, right, presents Huntington Woods resident and lawyer Michael Pitt, (far left with wife Peggy) with an award Sept. 28 during the 2013...

Palmer Featured in Legal News Profile

Pitt McGehee Palmer Rivers & Golden Partner Robert Palmer was featured in a Legal News profile written by Sheila Pursglove who focused on his childhood dream of becoming and attorney and the path that took him to where he is now. You can read...

McGehee Featured on NPR's All Things Considered

Pitt McGehee Palmer Rivers & Golden Partner Cary McGehee was interviewed by NPR host Jennifer White in a feature aired on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" August 20 to discuss how she is hoping that a federal ruling will...