There are several federal laws in place - the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, to name a few - designed to protect workers who have to miss work because of any number of medical reasons.
Whether it's a wrongful or at-will termination, the U.S. Department of Labor has given certain rights to its employee-citizens to address financial challenges in the event of job loss. These rights include the right to continued healthcare coverage and in some cases the right to unemployment compensation.
Laws in Michigan make it illegal to discriminate against any employee. Those same laws also allow all employees to file a complaint if that they are being discriminated against at work. However, there are still instances when the employer may retaliate against the employee. In Michigan, this is also considered illegal.
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.
There are sure to be some people in Detroit, Michigan who have either witnessed or experienced unjust treatment from their employer. While some have faced retaliation from their employer in the form of demotion, decreased wages, or cut hours, others have been more unfortunate and lost their jobs. Those who have seen or experienced a wrongful discharge know that the loss of a job based on insubstantial reasons is one of the most difficult situations to have to deal with, both financially and emotionally.
Losing a job is a serious issue for workers everywhere, including those in Michigan. Unfortunately, some employees lose their jobs not for valid reasons, but because of employer retaliation.
Michigan viewers may be following the actions of television star Nicollette Sheridan who will get another day in court with her former employers: the creator, the producer and the broadcaster of 'Desperate Housewives." Sheridan had sued Marc Cherry, Touchstone and ABC in 2010, but the trial ended in a hung jury.
In a settlement involving a former employee of the city of Flint, Michigan, the city was required to pay $250,000. The case involved a wrongful termination matter. The employee involved filed a lawsuit against the city under the Whistleblower Protection Act after he was terminated for assisting in a state investigation. The employee had worked in the city's financial department.
The Grammy-winning R&B singer Usher is beloved in Michigan and across the nation for his entertaining blend of song and dance. He released his seventh album in 2012 and is currently serving as a vocal coach and judge on the popular reality singing competition The Voice. However, Usher has officially lost the admiration of one fan: the nanny he hired to help him care for his two young children in 2010.
A former restaurant server is alleging employment discrimination in federal court after being terminated for her appearance after brain surgery. The case is attracting attention around the country including Michigan. The incident occurred in July 2012, when the 27-year-old woman returned to work after a surgery to remove a mass from her cranium. The surgery left her hair short with visible scars. She alleges that the managers at the restaurant required her to wear a wig while at work to hide the effects of the surgery. The defendant maintains she could not afford a wig and when she borrowed one, it proved painful because of its contact with the surgical wounds.