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Employment Law for Employees: Lawsuits Aren't Easy

Potential clients and even current clients often fail to appreciate (or forget about) the difficulties associated with an employment lawsuit. An obvious difficulty is that lawsuits take a long period of time to complete. The legal profession operate…

Employment Law for Employees: Your Employer's Reasons Matter

In a previous blog, I discussed what constitutes illegal harassment and indicated that harassment must be based on a protected characteristic, such as race, sex, or disability, or a protected activity, such as reporting or opposing discrimination ba…

Your FMLA Rights: Inability to Return to Work After 12 Weeks

The Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), 29 U.S.C. 2601, et seq., provides eligible employees with up to twelve work weeks of medical leave in a twelve-month period (or twenty-six weeks in certain situations involving military famili…

Your Personnel File: Know Your Rights (Part 2)

This is part two of my blog regarding The “Bullard-Plawecki Employee Right to Know Act,” MCL 423.501 et seq., which provides employees with several rights regarding their personnel files. Your employer has several duties under the “…

Your Personnel File: Know Your Rights (Part 1)

The “Bullard-Plawecki Employee Right to Know Act,” MCL 423.501 et seq., provides employees with several rights regarding their personnel files. If you submit a written request describing your personnel record to your employer (or forme…

Don't pin the plight of blacks on racism

James K. Fett’s letter was published today in the Livingston Daily and is already sparking a lively debate: The June 26 editorial about racial preferences, “Core problem is beyond affirmative action,” struck a raw nerve with me and,…
Categories: Civil Rights

Even if you were wrongfully terminated, you must still look for work.

The most basic component of damages in most employment discrimination lawsuits or wrongful dismissal lawsuits is lost earnings due to termination of employment. Generally, your damages are measured by what you would have earned from your former emplo…

Statutes of Limitations: How long do you have to file your lawsuit?

A “statute of limitations” is the time period in which you must file a lawsuit. Failure to file your lawsuit in the allotted time frame forever bars you from filing it. The main reasons for statutes of limitations are to protect defendan…

Is harassment by your employer illegal?

Many employees contact Fett & Fields, P.C. due to harassment they have endured at the hands of their employers. Those employees seek to rectify what they see as the creation of a “hostile work environment.” In my last blog, I indicate…

"At-Will" Employment in Michigan

In Michigan, many employees are considered “at-will” employees. “At-will” employment means that your employer can terminate your employment at any time. Your employer may terminate your employment for many reasons that may be…

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