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Did someone violate your rights as an employee? You spend a significant amount of your time working for your employer. But being an employee doesn’t give your employer the right to treat you any way they want or without regard. You have certain rights as an employee. When someone violates these rights, you may be unsure of what to do.
Davis Injury Lawyers may be able to help. Your Detroit employment attorney reviews your case to determine if your employer violated federal or state employment laws. If they have, we help you take action and get justice.
Call Davis Injury Lawyers at 313-462-7979 for a free consultation about possible employee rights violations.
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Potential Employment Issues in Detroit
Most employees are unaware that their employer is breaking the law. While you might question the fairness of your boss’s decision or action, you might not know that it is illegal.
As Detroit employment attorneys, we know there are many different ways that supervisors, colleagues, and companies violate state and federal employment laws.
Here are some of the more common types of employment issues we see in Detroit.
Discrimination is one of the most common violations of Michigan and federal law. These laws prohibit employers from discriminating against any of their employees for their:
- Religious beliefs
- Physical or mental disability
Employers cannot base the qualities mentioned above on hiring, promotion, or termination. If you’re a woman, your employer cannot discriminate against you for becoming or being pregnant. Sometimes, a pregnant employee has her hours unfairly reduced or is subjected to a hostile work environment after her employer learns about the pregnancy.
These are only a few examples of discrimination in the workplace. If you believe you are the victim of discrimination, contact a Detroit employment attorney for help. We may be able to help you hold your employer accountable.
Michigan law prohibits sexual harassment or discrimination based upon sexual orientation or gender identity.
Sexual harassment in the workplace can take many forms, including:
- Quid pro quo: This is where someone in a position of power demands sexual favors in exchange for giving you a job, keeping you employed, or promoting you
- Creation of a hostile work environment: You may dread going to work every day for fear due to intimidation
- Unwanted sexual advances by a colleague or supervisor
- Retaliation when you refuse unwanted sexual advances
Michigan is an at-will state for employment purposes. You have the right to quit your job at any time and for any reason. However, your employer also has the right to fire you at any time and for any reason, except for certain circumstances.
You might have a case of wrongful termination if your employer commits any of these acts:
- Breach of contract
- Reporting safety concerns
- Reporting complaints as a whistleblower
- Filing a sexual harassment complaint
- Retaliation for your rightful filing for workers’ compensation, Family and Medical Leave Act compensation, unsafe workplace report, or complaints about harassment
An employment law attorney can help you figure out what your next steps should be after your employer has wrongfully discharged you.
Family and Medical Leave Act
You have an entire life outside of work, and your employer should respect that. When medical or life events require you to take time off work, the Family and Medical Leave Act is supposed to protect you.
Under FMLA, may take up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off from work. You may take twelve continuous weeks or over a period. Your employer is required to find someone to cover your position while you’re out and to keep your job open for you when you return.
Events That Qualify for FMLA
Some of the different events that might qualify you for FMLA include:
- Taking care of a sick family member
- Receiving a diagnosis for a serious medical condition
- Caring for a child with a severe medical condition
Employers who retaliate against you for exercising your rights to FMLA may be held accountable for their illegal actions.
Compensation for Employment Issues in Michigan
The previously mentioned employment law issues are only a couple of the ones we see most often in the state of Michigan. If you’re dealing with any employment law dispute in Detroit, our firm is here to help. You may be able to file a claim against them seeking damages for your economic and non-economic losses.
You could receive compensation for:
- Double back pay
- Reinstatement in your former position
- Compensation for reputational damages
- Emotional distress
- Diminished earning capacity
- Punitive damages
You don’t have to let your Detroit employer get away with violating state and federal employment laws. Make them pay. You could not only recover what you deserve but protect others from suffering the same types of employment issues.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Our attorneys may find that your employer violated the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Under EEOC guidelines, an employer cannot discriminate against an employee or applicant based upon their:
- Sex, including pregnancy, transgender status, and sexual orientation
- National origin
- Age (40 and older)
This federal law applies to most employers with at least 15 employees. EEOC guidelines also cover most labor unions and employment agencies.
Contact an Experienced Employment Attorney in Detroit
You work hard and expect fair and lawful treatment from your employer. If you believe that your employer broke the law and harmed you in the process, call a dedicated Detroit employment attorney at Davis Injury Lawyers today.
Our firm offers free, no-risk case reviews to wronged employees across Detroit and surrounding cities. Claim yours by calling our office at 313-462-7979. Or fill out our convenient contact form. We’ll contact you to find out more about your employment law concerns.
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