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 considered wrong or incorrect as long as those reasons do not violate the law.
There are several exceptions to "at-will" employment that either render your employment something other than "at-will" or prevent an employer from terminating "at-will" employees. Some of those exceptions are:
1. You have an individual employment contract (i.e. between you and the employer) stating that your employment is for a definite period of time or that you can only be fired for good or just cause.
2. Your employer has employment policies that indicate you can only be fired for good or just cause (depending on the circumstances).
3. You are a member of a union and your union contract (also called a "collective bargaining agreement") states that you can only be fired for good or just cause.
4. There is a State or federal law prohibiting your termination based on specific reasons. For example, Michigan's Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act prevents you from being terminated because of your religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, or marital status. Likewise, the Michigan Whistleblowers' Protection Act protects employees from being terminated when they report (or are about to report) a violation (or suspected violation) of the law to a public body.
There are other exceptions to "at-will" employment as well. If you have been terminated for what you believe to be an illegal reason, contact Fett & Fields, P.C. today for a free evaluation of your case: https://www.fettlaw.com/Contact.shtml.
Note: This blog entry is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. You should always consult with an attorney before taking or refraining from taking any action in your individual situation.