Daily Briefs (March 22)

Wayne Law hosts forum  on workers’ rights in the global economy

Wayne State University Law School’s Program for International Legal Studies, in conjunction with Labor@Wayne, will host a “Forum on Workers’ Rights in the Global Economy” from 2 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, in Conference Rooms L & M in the McGregor Memorial Conference Center on Wayne State University’s campus.

According to Wayne Law Professor William Mateikis, the forum will provide an opportunity for a constructive dialog between a leading external workers’ rights activist and a leading internal workers’ rights advocate.  

Forum speakers include: Manfred Elfstrom, program officer, International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF); Pat McDermott, Frank Perdue School of Business professor, Salisbury University; Carrie Nantais, assistant for The Jesuit Social and International Ministry, Detroit Province; and Ed Potter, director, Global Workplace Rights, The Coca-Cola Company.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Holly Hughes, program assistant for the Program for International Legal Studies, at hhughes@wayne.edu or (313) 577-3620.

Urban League honors civil rights leaders

The Urban League of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan hosted its 31st annual Salute to Distinguished Warriors Dinner Thursday night, honoring the late attorney Justin Charles Ravitz, Sharon Bernard Esq, Barbara Talley, Clara White and Wardell Croft for their significant civil and human rights contributions to the community.

A former judge and human rights activist, Ravitz served on the Recorder’s Court Bench from 1973 to 1986 before leaving the bench to join the law firm of Sommers, Schwartz, Silver and Schwartz, where he specialized in alternative dispute resolution as a facilitator, mediator and arbitrator on complex and problematic cases until his death in 2007.

The Justin C. Ravitz Memorial Scholarship at Wayne State University Law School was established to support students who have exhibited a commitment to social justice work.

City employees banned from wearing perfume

DETROIT (AP) — City employees in Detroit will be urged not to wear perfume, cologne or after-shave as a result of a settlement in a federal lawsuit.

Officials plan to place warning placards in three city buildings. The signs will warn workers to avoid “wearing scented products, including ... colognes, aftershave lotions, perfumes, deodorants, body/face lotions ... (and) the use of scented candles, perfume samples from magazines, spray or solid air fresheners ...”

Other notices will go in the new employee handbook and be mentioned in Americans with Disabilities Act training.

The Detroit News reports the move stems from a $100,000 settlement in a federal lawsuit filed in 2008 by a city employee who complained that a co-worker’s perfume made it challenging for her to breathe and do her job.


Court closings

The Wayne County Clerk’s Office will close Friday, April 2, 2010, at noon in observance of Good Friday.

The Third Circuit Civil, Criminal, and Family Divisions will close at noon on Friday, April 2, 2010, in observance of Good Friday.


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