What Is Wrongful Termination?

employer terminating employeeMany people feel that because Michigan is an “at-will” work state that employers do not need a specific reason to terminate employment. However, there are some situations where there are exceptions considered and an employee may file a wrongful termination lawsuit.

Understanding the various circumstances in which you can take legal action to protect your rights is imperative. As an employee, you should recognize these conditions and if you are ever wrongfully terminated, you may have the right to take legal action against your employer.

Termination Due to Discrimination

If an employer attempts to terminate an employee based on a discriminatory reason, it may be considered wrongful termination. For instance, trying to fire an employee based on their race, skin color, sex, religion, disability, age, or other protected characteristic.

Written Contracts

When an employer and employee have a written contract and the termination would essentially violate the terms of said contract, it may be considered wrongful termination. It must be determined if the attempt to fire the employee was considered a violation of the contract terms.

Violations of Public Policy

Employees have a right to report any safety violations that threaten their health. However, if the employer attempts to fire the employee for reporting the incident or health violation, it can be considered wrongful termination and the employee may have a right to file a claim.

Broken Oral Promises

There are also situations to factor whether oral promises were made regarding length of employment. If the employer promises to not terminate employment for a specific length of time, then break that oral promise, the employee may have a right to a wrongful termination lawsuit.

How to File for Wrongful Termination in Michigan

Former employees can file a wrongful termination claim through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission once they have gathered relevant materials as proof. A claim can be submitted on the EEOC's website, by contacting them over the phone, or by visiting the local EEOC office.

Our Michigan Employment Law Lawyers are Here to Help

In any situation, when an employer tries to break the law in terminating an employee, said employee has specific rights to take action. With so much on the line, it’s imperative to work with an employment law attorney who can help you understand your rights and legal options moving forward.

We’re ready to help you and safeguard your best interests every step of the way. Fieger Law knows your rights, and we’ll stop at nothing to see to it that employers do not violate them.

Call our firm at (800) 294-6637 to discuss your potential case.


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