According to the Michigan Public Employment Relations Act and the Michigan Whistleblowers' Protection Act, every employee in the public sector is entitled to a certain rights. These rights are meant to protect employees from any kind of wrongdoing by employers at the workplace. Therefore, when these rights are violated, employees are entitled to seek justice from the state's judicial system citing violation of these laws.
Recently, a Michigan woman received $183,000 in a wrongful termination case against a medical center where she was previously employed. The woman claimed that the center did not follow the discipline procedure laid out in the employment handbook when it terminated her. The jury found in her favor and awarded her compensation.
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.
A 56-year-old Muslim-American man was awarded one of the largest decisions ever granted in an employment discrimination case by a Detroit federal court jury on Feb. 27. According to the report, the plaintiff had arrived in Michigan more than twenty years ago and became a naturalized citizen. He held a job as a maintenance worker for 17 years with Washtenaw County.
Workers in Michigan may have heard that the Hanford Nuclear Power Reservation in Washington State has fired two employees that made complaints about safety concerns. The second employee was the manager of Environmental and Nuclear Safety, and the Department of Energy-owned plant let her go on Feb. 18.
A police officer who resigned from the Bay City Police Department after he had a confrontation with a bar patron maintains that he is entitled to a hearing before the Bay City Commission. The former officer believes that he was a victim of wrongful termination because he was forced to resign before he was given a hearing as required by a law governing the treatment of veterans in government jobs.
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.
Walmart fired an employee in its Hartland store after he tried to help a woman who was allegedly being assaulted in the store's parking lot. The man, who had only been working at the store for seven weeks, was fired for his involvement in the incident.
During the summer of 2013, a band director who had applied for an open job position with Bad Axe Public Schools filed a lawsuit alleging that he never heard back from the school following what he claims was an earlier wrongful termination that took place in 2008. According to the school district, however, the ex-band director resigned of his own accord.