If you recently lost your job and the reason for your termination seemed unclear, unethical, or outright due to some sort of prejudice against a protected characteristic, there is a chance that you may have a valid wrongful discharge claim against your employer. Continue reading and contact a knowledgeable Marquette wrongful discharge lawyer from Berger Law today to learn more about these claims and how we can assist you in the pursuit of justice.
Wrongful Discharge Lawyer | Helping Victims of Discrimination & Retaliation
Michigan is an employment-at-will state. Put simply, this means that employers can lawfully hire or fire any employee for any reason, or no reason at all. That said, the exception to this rule is that employers may not fire employees for discriminatory reasons. If you believe this has happened to you, don’t hesitate to reach out to a dedicated Marquette employment lawyer from our firm for guidance.
Wrongful Discharge Defined
In Michigan, employers cannot fire employees solely due to a protected characteristic. Some examples of protected characteristics are as follows:
- Sexual Orientation
- Genetic Information
- National Origin
- Military Status
If your employer discriminated against you and fired you, or retaliated against you by terminating your position in response to your reporting discrimination in the workplace, you likely have a valid wrongful discharge claim.
In short, employees in Michigan have a right to not be discriminated against and to not be retaliated against for reporting workplace injustices, and if an employer violates that right, they should be held accountable.
Filing a Claim
If you suspect that you were wrongfully terminated, you should take several steps to maximize your chances of winning a future wrongful discharge claim. They are as follows:
- Ask your employer for their reasoning for firing you in writing.
- Document the circumstances of your firing, especially evidence that may contradict your employer’s reason for firing you. This can include text messages, emails, performance reviews, witnesses, and more.
- Hire a competent wrongful discharge lawyer who can review your case and advise you on the best path forward. If your attorney believes that you were, in fact, wrongfully terminated from your position, he or she will most likely file a complaint with the appropriate agency (most likely either the Michigan Department of Civil Rights or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission).
Contact an Upper Peninsula Wrongful Discharge Lawyer
The bottom line is that if you are a wrongful discharge victim, you are not alone. Here at Berger Law, we understand that your job is more than just a job–it’s your livelihood, it’s how you support your family, and it may even be a source of pride. For this reason, you have our pledge to fight, tooth and nail, for the justice you deserve. Contact a dedicated Marquette wrongful discharge lawyer from Berger Law today so you can tell us your story.