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Aimee Stephens took months to compose a letter to her employer in July 2013. It read: 

“With the support of my loving wife, I have decided to become the person that my mind already is. I cannot begin to describe the shame and suffering that I have lived with. At the end of my vacation on August 26, 2013, I will return to work as my true self, Aimee Australia Stephens, in appropriate business attire.” 

These words propelled Stephens into the heart of a legal case soon to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court ─ a potentially landmark case for the future of LGBTQ rights in this country.

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The U.S. Department of Education is investigating two complaints of discrimination against men: one at the University of Michigan, and one at Wayne State University.

Mark Perry is a professor of economics at U of M Flint. In June 2018, he filed a complaint against the University to the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

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Four women, all award-winning journalists, are suing the Detroit Free Press and its parent company Gannett for unequal pay.

The lawsuit claims the women are paid less than male Free Press employees with similar jobs, experience, and skills.

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In every country in the world, women are more likely than men to experience more stress, chronic disease, anxiety and be victims of violence. Yet, women live longer than men. Why? 

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In 2007, Gordon Food Service of Wyoming, Michigan settled charges of sex discrimination in hiring for entry-level labor jobs at its Grand Rapids and Brighton warehouses.

This year, the company has agreed to pay $1.85 million in back wages and benefits to women denied jobs at those and other warehouses because they couldn't pass a strength test, which the government says was more stringent than the actual  job requirements. In addition, the department says at least one male employee who'd been working at Gordon Foods for over two years failed the test.

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP – A federal appeals court has thrown out a $2.2 million verdict in a lawsuit by three women who were fired in 2004 at a court in Macomb County.

In a 3-0 decision, the court says Judge Linda Davis has immunity. The case is going back to Detroit federal court to possibly come up with a different remedy for the women.

Patricia Barachkov, Nancy Englar and Carol Diehl were fired at Clinton Township District Court when Davis was chief judge. They said the firings were politically motivated and they weren't given a chance to fight their dismissals.

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Michigan State University researchers suggest women should “man up” when applying for a job in a male-dominated field.

MSU researchers say gender bias is “pervasive and persistent” in many male-dominated career fields.

Often female applicants have trouble just landing a job interview.

But when they do, their own words can work against them.

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