Wrongful Termination

 

Because Michigan is an “at-will” employment state, many employers believe they can fire any non-union employee at any time for any reason. These employers are wrong. To the contrary, liability for wrongful termination can arise in a number of circumstances.

 

First, a person cannot be terminated because of their race, age, sex, national origin, religion, or disability. These types of discrimination lawsuits are often hard fought because employers usually refuse to admit or acknowledge their discriminatory motives.

 

Second, a person cannot be terminated because they engaged in some sort of protected activity.  For example, it is illegal to fire someone because they complained about sexual harassment in the workplace, or because they filed a claim for worker’s disability compensation, or because they “blew the whistle”. These types of terminations can result in a claim for retaliation.

 

In addition, a person cannot be terminated without a good reason if they have a “just case” employment contract. Such contracts can be contained in a specific document signed by the employee or can arise because of the employer’s written policies or promises.

 

If you've been wrongfully terminated from your employment, contact the Law Office of Bryan Monaghan today.