Imagine landing your dream job - great responsibility, pay, and perks. Things go well for a while, but then you suddenly receive notice that you will be terminated. No matter your circumstances, losing a job is incredibly stressful. Losing your job can be complicated if you don’t know the reason. Aside from needing closure, if you don’t know the reason you are let go, there may not be a good reason for your termination.
If your termination was truly unfair, your previous employer may have unlawfully violated your employment rights. A wrongful termination is a serious event. This post will detail several types of wrongful termination. Use this list of questions to begin evaluating your circumstances.
1. Did Your Contract Require a “Cause?”
Michigan, like several other states, is an “at-will” state - this means employers will not need to provide a reason when firing a worker. However, your employment contract may have called “for cause” in cases of termination. Otherwise, an employment policy may also provide grounds under which a company will need to provide a cause for your termination. The specifics vary across different jobs, depending on your circumstances. Make sure to meet with an experienced attorney to review your contract with you.
2. Did Your Employer Discriminate Against You?
It may seem like 20th-century problems, but people still experience discrimination at work for their race, gender, citizenship, and other classes such as pregnant women. There are some Michigan municipalities that include LGBT employee protections. Discrimination in these areas is illegal. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is an unbiased government agency that can charge organizations that unlawfully discriminate against their employees, current or previous. Remember, you will need to prove that you were fired based on discrimination against your protected class.
3. Were You Discussing Labor Issues with Co-Workers?
According to the National Labor Relations Act, it is unlawful for employees to be fired for discussing “protected concerted activity” - basically you can chat about ways you could get wages to increase or conditions to get better. Unions are not necessary for protection under this act. If you recently were discussing improving worker’s rights at your job, you may have a case. However, this act protects workers who collaborate, so if you were complaining about your boss, that is not protected.
4. Did Your Employer Retaliate Against You?
Did you report wrongdoings of a co-worker or manager at your job before being fired? You may have a case for wrongful termination. Many laws protect “whistleblowers” or people who report the immoral or illegal actions of people at the company they work at. The law also protects you from being fired for filing a compensation claim.
Know When to Sue by Partnering With Expert Attorneys
Many laws protect your rights as an employee. However, the law needs to be specifically followed. Otherwise, your employer may not have violated the law when you lost your job. To ensure the best results, make sure to get help from expert defense attorneys like those at Pitt, McGehee, Palmer, & Rivers. We fiercely protect the rights of workers, so you can live and work to your best ability.
Give our legal team at Pitt, McGehee, Palmer, & Rivers a call today at (248) 398-9800 to begin exploring your legal options.