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.