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Pentecostal beliefs required woman to wear skirt to work

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission obtained a $22,500 settlement on behalf of a woman who was allegedly fired when she requested an accommodation for her religious beliefs. Sleneem Enterprises LLC, which owned the Tim Horton’s Café and Bake Shop in Romulus, reportedly fired the woman after she asked to wear a skirt to work instead of pants, in keeping with her Pentecostal religious beliefs. The EEOC alleged that the firing violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Sleneem asserted that the woman was fired for legitimate, non-discriminatory reasons, but agreed to the settlement, which included training on all forms of discrimination, including the obligation to provide reasonable religious accommodations.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Sleneem Enterprises LLC
U.S. District Court

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Child suffered partial foot amputation in mower incident

A jury awarded $3,966,676 to a child who suffered a partial foot amputation when Star Callahan backed over the girl’s foot with a John Deere lawn tractor. Suit was filed on behalf of Isabella Case against Callahan alleging negligence and against manufacturer Deere & Co. alleging that the mower was defective in that it was not equipped with a no-mow in reverse (NMIR) feature. The suit alleged the NMIR feature would have prevented the child’s injury. Callahan denied negligence and also asserted that a NMIR feature would have prevented the injury. This was disputed by Deere & Co., which argued that a NMIR feature would not have been effective in preventing the injury. The jury found on behalf of Deere & Co., but found Callahan liable.
Case v. Deere & Co.
Genesee County

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Estate: Doctors failed to detect and treat deadly embolism

A jury awarded $40 million to the estate of a woman who allegedly died from cardiac arrest brought on by a pulmonary embolism. Terrea Holly had just been seen at the emergency room of Detroit Receiving Hospital a day earlier. At the time, she had high heart and respiratory rates and shortness of breath. She was evaluated and released with a diagnosis of viral syndrome, mild normocytic anemia and dehydration. Her estate argued that Holly had presented to the ER with clear indications of a pulmonary embolism and should have been treated with blood thinners, which would have prevented the fatal embolism. The defense claimed that an appropriate diagnosis was made, Holly was asymptomatic for an embolism and it was reasonable to discharge her.
Estate of Holly v. Detroit Receiving Hospital
Wayne County

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