Male guards can sue over jobs at women's prison

The Michigan appeals court on Wednesday cleared the way for a class-action lawsuit by dozens of male guards who said they've been denied overtime and job assignments at the state's only prison for women solely because they're men.
AP Wire
Aug 21, 2014

The court, 3-0, affirmed the decision of a Washtenaw County judge.

The lawsuit centers on employment rules at the Huron Valley prison for women. In response to allegations of sexual abuse at other prisons, the Civil Service Commission approved job qualifications that put only women in more than 250 jobs.

"It was a knee-jerk overreaction," said James Fett, an attorney for roughly 80 former or current male officers who claim their civil rights have been violated.

Fett said men are restricted from working in food service areas and teaching certain classes.

"It's blatant gender discrimination," he said.

The appeals court said officers cleared the threshold for a class-action lawsuit, under Michigan law, based on the number of plaintiffs, common issues and other factors.

"We hold that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in certifying the class," said judges Henry Saad, Donald Owens and Kirsten Frank Kelly.

A Corrections Department spokesman didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

In 2009, the state agreed to a $100 million settlement with female inmates at other prisons in Michigan who said they were raped, groped and peeked at by male corrections officers.

Comments

TheBee

Sure hope you got clearance for that photo, what with not giving proper credit, or any credit, for that matter.

Grassyass

Permissions. Oh what a tangled web we weave . . .

dyankee

Pic. kinda looks like Lani after reading a Vlad post.

Lanivan

There you go again! Just when I think I've had it with you (your having driven me, not too long ago, to out-of character sputtering - "STHU"), you pull the charm card. Just my luck.

dyankee

Yeah, that’s me, a real charmer. No worries with your STHU. I’m used to it, every since my first prom date. When I get under your skin then, I know you’re listening…that’s where progress, knowledge, creativity, and loyalty lies.

Lanivan

Glad to know you weren't troubled at all by my outburst, although I'm still reeling at the thought of you as a prom date....Here in GH? Like all dressed up, carrying a corsage prom date??

That progress goes both ways, you know.....any chance anything I've written made you think about an issue, differently or otherwise? (I'm betting.....no).

retired DOC

30+ years ago the courts ruled that if female guards a allowed to work all places within a male institution then males must be allowed to work all places within a female institution.

echo5oscar

.....and then came PREA.

haroldrezny

MDOC is a very heard profession on the cardio vascular system. Feel free to consult with Meijer Heart Center. The emergency people see more employees from the MDOC in their 30's and 40' for heart attacks. Now there are statistics with the UAW for the past 20 years of file and it shows. Prison jobs are terrible, rough jobs on the mind and body. Just tears up a persons health. The vacation packages aren't that great either and the pay? Legislators complain to no end cause they feel its so high. Just try lasting 1 year in that environment. They go through nurses like movies go through popcorn. Dentists get paid $40 an hour - but they quit like crazy for more money on the outside. Teaching jobs in prison? forget it! Year round with most disgusting people imaginable. The photo up above - if warden finds out a staff member took the picture - job gone - terminated, its a security violation.

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