Though we’ve made great strides as a nation in the way of fair treatment in the workplace, the unfortunate reality is that discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, and wrongful termination all still occur. If you believe you are a victim of workplace maltreatment, Berger Law is here to help. Contact a competent, compassionate Marquette employment lawyer from our firm today so you can tell us your story and so we can get started working on your case.
Employment Lawyer | Defending Your Rights in the Workplace
Employment rights can be violated in virtually any workplace. Whether you’re a college professor, in the technology/engineering field, a nurse or other healthcare worker, or in the business of sales, you can find yourself facing an employment-related issue. Berger Law proudly advocates for victims of employment violations, and we are here to advocate for you as well.
Our Employment Law Services
We handle the gamut of employment matters on behalf of clients who’ve been wronged in the workplace, either by their employers, co-workers, HR department, or otherwise. Just some of the employment-related cases we handle are as follows:
Sexual Harassment & Hostile Work Environments
Encountering unwanted advances, offensive remarks, or any manifestation of sexual misconduct within the workplace is an immensely distressing ordeal. An act of sexual harassment in the workplace can take a significant emotional toll on victims, and feelings of vulnerability and powerlessness often accompany such incidents. Workplace sexual harassment not only disrupts your sense of safety and well-being but also impedes your professional growth and restricts your career prospects. This is unacceptable, and we at Berger Law firmly believe that you deserve an environment free from harassment, and we will wholeheartedly fight to hold accountable those responsible for their inappropriate and unlawful behavior.
Discriminating against an individual solely due to their disability is both morally wrong and illegal here in the state of Michigan. That said, employees are protected from disability discrimination both under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and The Persons With Disabilities Civil Rights Act. If you believe you were discriminated against as a result of your disability, please don’t hesitate to speak with a dedicated attorney here at Berger Law today.
Family Medical Leave Act Violations
The Family Medical Leave Act gives certain qualifying employees the right to take time off of work to care for themselves, a newborn child, or a relative without fear of losing their job upon their return. Unfortunately, employers will sometimes violate their employees’ FMLA rights. If your employer denied or violated your right to FMLA leave, our firm is here to fight for you.
Qualifying individuals are entitled to receive unemployment benefits here in the state of Michigan. That said, Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency sometimes wrongfully denies unemployment claims. If you wish to challenge the denial of your claim, you should strongly consider hiring a competent employment lawyer who can walk you through the process to help ensure you receive the benefits you need.
Employment, Non-Compete, and Severance Agreements
Here at Berger Law, we have extensive experience in negotiating and protecting employees’ rights within their employment agreements, non-compete agreements, and severance agreements. In many ways, these documents hold the key to your professional future, which is why we’re dedicated to ensuring that they are fair, compliant with the law, and tailored to your unique needs. When it comes to non-compete agreements, we work to strike a balance between our clients’ career aspirations and their former employer’s interests, preserving our clients’ ability to earn a living. We also have experience advocating for fair severance terms, helping our clients navigate transitions with dignity and financial security. If you need assistance negotiating or drafting an employment agreement of any kind, please don’t hesitate to speak with Berger Law today.
Being wrongfully discharged based on a protected characteristic constitutes a flagrant violation of your rights and strikes at the very core of fairness and equality in the workplace. We want you to know that you have legal options and recourse to address this injustice. Our dedicated team of experienced employment lawyers is here to provide you with unwavering support and assertive representation. We have a deep understanding of employment laws and regulations, and we will meticulously assess the circumstances surrounding your discharge to build a strong case on your behalf. We are committed to fighting for justice and holding employers accountable for their discriminatory actions. You deserve a workplace that respects and values your contributions, and we will tirelessly pursue the compensation and remedies you deserve. Rest assured, with our skill and dedication, we will vigorously advocate for your rights and work towards a favorable resolution.
Wage & Hour Disputes
Employers in Michigan are required to pay their employees in accordance with both the state and federal minimum wage. Michigan employers must also pay qualifying employees overtime. If you believe your employer has violated your right to fair pay in any way, such as by withholding the minimum wage or overtime pay, you should strongly consider retaining the services of a dedicated employment lawyer who can fight for your best interests, every step of the way.
Whistleblowers play a vital role in maintaining a safe, orderly, and fair work environment. Because of this, whistleblowers are afforded both state and federal protections against retaliation. The Michigan Whistleblowers’ Protection Act oversees whistleblower protections against retaliation statewide, and the Whistleblower Protection Act oversees whistleblower protections at the federal level. If your rights as a whistleblower have been violated in any way, we stand ready to fight for you.
Michigan is an Employment-at-Will State
Michigan is an employment-at-will state, which means that employers can lawfully hire, or fire, any employee, for any reason (or no reason) at all. That said, the exception to this is that employers cannot fire employees for discriminatory or retaliatory reasons. Simply put, employers are not allowed to fire employees due to their race, gender, disability, or other protected characteristic. They also cannot fire employees for reporting wrongdoing or injustices in the workplace. If you’ve been fired due to any of the aforementioned reasons, there is a strong chance that you have a valid claim against your employer, and a seasoned Marquette employment lawyer from Berger Law is here to help you bring it.
Contact an Upper Peninsula Employment Lawyer Today
The bottom line is that if your rights have been violated in the workplace in any capacity, you need a lawyer who truly cares about getting you the justice you deserve. Fortunately, you are in the right place. Contact an employment lawyer from Berger Law today to schedule your initial consultation with our dedicated legal team.