Retaliation and Whistleblower Protection on the Job in Michigan
Many "anti-retaliation" statutes at both the state and federal level aim to protect workers from suffering from negative consequences when they exercise their rights in situations such as these:
- They file complaints of sexual harassment or illegal discrimination.
- They file a wage and hour violation claim.
- They report to authorities potentially illegal activities committed or allowed by their employers, such as bribes or cover-ups in bookkeeping (whistle blowing).
- They report safety violations witnessed at the workplace.
- They request reasonable accommodations for a disability.
- They request or take a leave in compliance with the FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act).
Federal law stipulates that workers cannot be retaliated against for complaining about retaliation or participating in investigations into allegations of retaliation.
Michigan employees who believe they have been subjected to unfair and illegal retaliation on the job have a well-qualified source of information and advocacy in Schwartz Law Firm. We have a track record of success in cases involving retaliation, whistleblowing and whistleblower protection. We are prepared to defend your right to report a violation or suspected violation of the law without being subjected to adverse consequences.
Discrimination and harassment can take many forms — ranging from ostracizing actions at a holiday party to hostile work environment to firing or failure to hire based on race or religion. Filing a complaint about any such illegal discrimination or harassment is not a legal reason for an employer to retaliate through additional harassment, firing or other adverse actions.
Protect Your Rights in the Workplace
Learn how to protect your rights in the face of apparent retaliation. Whistleblower protection laws exist to preserve your rights. Ask our Farmington Hills employment law attorneys about your rights under Sarbanes-Oxley and other relevant statutes designed to enable workers to blow the whistle when they are aware of illegal activities at the workplace.
Note: we advise and represent employers as well as employees. Our understanding of "both sides of the fence" enhances our readiness to advocate on behalf of any client in an employment law matter such as a retaliation case.
Contact us to schedule a consultation with an Oakland County employment lawyer regarding retaliation and whistleblower protection laws.