Many times, people are caught off guard when they are fired. Other times, they can see it coming from a mile away.
In February 2013, the general counsel of a biotech company called Bio-Rad Technologies was concerned. He had been general counsel for the firm for 26 years, but now he suspected that someone from Bio-Rad may have given kickbacks to Chinese government entities and delivered products to certain Chinese customers without billing them. It seemed the company might have violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Certain jobs in Michigan can be complicated when the employee's mandate is to research into various issues that might be viewed as controversial and reporting on it honestly. However, a person's job duties are what they are and if they make a decision to follow through on them as instructed, it is illegal for the employers to take part in any form of retaliation. Unfortunately, this happens all too frequently. When this level of employment law violation occurs, the person who was affected by it must be aware that there is the opportunity to file a lawsuit to seek compensation for the wrong that was done.
Particularly with high-profile jobs in Michigan, a termination shortly after a person's hiring is certain to draw attention. Often, these firings have to do with differences of opinion as to how an employee should conduct him or herself and what the employee believed was within the parameters of the job. If the employee ends up losing his or her job, disagreement over the cause of the termination can lead to a wrongful termination lawsuit to determine whether or not there was a violation of employment law. If successful on such a claim, a former employee may garner compensation for his or her damages, as one individual is now trying to accomplish.
Employees in Michigan from a wide variety of jobs can all be confronted with an unexpected dismissal. In some of these cases, the loss of employment might not have to do with any work-related issue and factors revolving around competence, but for other reasons such as retaliation. When a person believes that wrongful termination has taken place, the person has a right to seek to be compensated by the employers for the wrong that was done.
Workers in Michigan need to understand their rights in the workplace. One particular aspect that can be somewhat confusing centers around potential retaliation from employers, alternatively known as adverse actions. A previous post gave an overview of all the three tenets of retaliation including adverse action, covered individuals and protected activity. This post will focus solely on retaliation and adverse actions.
Workers in Michigan can lose their jobs for a wide variety of reasons. Knowing when there has been a wrongful dismissal and whether one's rights are protected under state employment law is key when determining whether or not there are options to file a legal claim. One issue that is often worrisome for employees is known as Performance Improvement Plans or PIP. Losing one's job over PIP might lend itself to a legal filing against an employer.
There are many terms related to employment law that might be confusing to a worker in Michigan. It is in these circumstances that a worker might find him or herself subjected to treatment that is a violation or just seems to be one. One such term is "at-will employment." In almost every state in the United States, workers are considered at-will. What this means is that generally have the right to fire workers without giving a specific reason.
Wrongful termination can occur for many reasons in Detroit, but one of the most shocking and unnecessary has to do with sexual harassment. In some instances, both men and women are subjected to this form of treatment. After getting over the emotional and personal disturbances that this entails, they might have a problem doing their job as they are supposed to. Many times, victims will ignore the issue in fear of retaliation and in the hopes that it will simply go away. Whether it does or not, they are still within their rights to seek compensation for what happened.
There should be no discrimination against any individual on the basis of religion, race, sex, origin or disability. An employer cannot demote, terminate, retaliate or harass any person in the event that the person has filed a discrimination suit. If the person has even complained about discrimination, the employer cannot retaliate against that person.