Michigan and federal laws provide protection to employees who report illegal activity. If your employer is doing something wrong, you should be able to do something about it. Your employer cannot punish you for exercising your workplace rights. You are protected from termination, demotion, harassment, or other retaliation. You are also protected if you participate in investigations regarding legal violations.
You may be able to recover for any lost earnings or emotional damage caused by retaliation. Some retaliation claims must be brought within a very short period of time. It is important that you contact Gold Star Law immediately if you suspect that you have been the victim of retaliation in the workplace.
If your employer has illegally retaliated against you, Gold Star attorneys can help you. Contact Gold Star Law for a free and confidential consultation.
Your employer may say that you can be fired at any time for any or no reason. That may not be true. Employment is generally on an “at will” basis, but written or oral agreements may require that you can only be fired for “just cause.” Your employer’s statements, actions, or policies can also create a “just cause” requirement. In addition, you cannot be fired for discriminatory reasons or in retaliation for exercising certain rights.
“Just cause” is usually related to bad conduct by the employee. Some acceptable “just cause” reasons may include:
- Excessive absence
- Refusal to follow instructions
- Regular lateness
- Failure to perform job duties.
It can also be wrongful for your employer to fire you for conduct that is allowed from other employees.
Under Michigan employment law, if you have been wrongfully discharged, you may be able to recover for lost pay and benefits and loss of future earnings. To find out if you were wrongfully terminated and to recover the damages that you have suffered, contact Gold Star Law for a free confidential consultation.