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August 2014 Archives

How can a person be protected against workplace discrimination?

Most Michigan residents are aware of the various forms of harassment and discrimination. In the U.S., there are laws that forbid workplace discrimination based on color, race, sex, pregnancy, disability, religion and much more. Local laws also give the same forms of protection. But what should an employee do if he or she is subjected to workplace discrimination?

The initial steps after a wrongful termination

When an employee from Michigan loses his or her job, one of the primary points to ponder is whether the termination was unlawful. If there are indications that the employee's firing was an act of wrongful termination, that employee has the right to file a claim in civil court. By making the right decisions at this crucial juncture, employees can hope to receive monetary damages if the termination already is complete, or obtain an appropriate severance package if the termination has not yet occurred.

How does the Michigan Whistleblowers' Protection Act work?

According to employment laws in the United States, retaliation against an employee on the grounds of reporting an activity by an employer that is against local, state or federal laws is considered a serious offense. The retaliation can be in the form of discharge from duty or in the form of discrimination at the workplace. In Michigan, these employees, known as "whistleblowers," are protected by the Michigan Whistleblowers' Protection Act of 1980, in addition to the Federal Act of 1989.

Faculty at Central Michigan University sign five-year contract

Michigan residents are probably aware that employment contracts are binding to both the employee and the employer. It is a foundation on which an employer-employee relationship can be built, and needs to be respected by all concerned parties.