Defending Whistleblowers: Trust An Experienced Legal Team to Help You Do the Right Thing
Whistleblowers are heroes of the modern workplace. Whether they report wage violations, environmental destruction, sexual harassment or any other misconduct, they give employees, consumers, and public officials the information they need to protect themselves and their communities. But in doing so, whistleblowers put themselves at risk of retaliation from the employers they have exposed and others with similar practices. As an employment and fraud lawyer in Royal Oak, Michigan, Pitt, McGehee, Palmer, Bonanni & Rivers protects whistleblowers from every form of retaliation, leaving them free to keep us safe.
What is the Michigan Whistleblower Act?
The Michigan Whistleblower Act protects public employees from an adverse employment action (including termination or suspension) in retaliation for their reporting of violation to a law enforcement authority. The regulation covers public and private workers as well as union and at-will employees.
Michigan Whistleblower and Retaliation Claim Lawyers
Employer retaliation is seen as an action against you for reporting or asserting your rights under the Federal and State employment laws. Your employer is forbidden from firing, demoting, transferring, harassing or retaliating against you for reporting any employment law violation or participating in an investigation on behalf of another employee.
Any retaliation against you as a “Whistleblower” can occur in response to overtime, minimum wage, discrimination, workers’ compensation, medical leave, equal pay claims and others. When your employer’s retaliation results in your firing, it can be viewed as “unlawful termination.”
Our Clients Have Included Workers Who Have:
- Reported a violation of the law to a public body
- Refused to violate the law by performing out mandated duties at the workplace which would do so
- Opposed discriminatory conduct
- Testified, assisted or participated in an investigation or proceeding regarding discrimination
- Filed a discrimination complaint
- Filed a sexual harassment complaint
- Uncovered and reported fraud and graft in accounting or other corporate practices
- Filed a workers' compensation case and/or collected workers' compensation benefits
- Exercised their rights under the FMLA
Michigan Whistleblower Protection- Experienced Attorneys Fighting for You
The state of Michigan has long recognized the importance of protecting whistleblowers against retaliation. The Michigan Whistleblower Act forbids both private and public employers from firing, threatening, or otherwise harming employees who report violations or testify in court. There is an exception for employees who give false testimony, but only if they know it is false. Employers who violate this law must pay a civil fine of up to $500. They may also be required to reinstate the employee, provide back pay, restore benefits and seniority, and pay all court costs.
Pitt, McGehee, Palmer, Bonanni & Rivers offers you the resources and expertise to take full advantage of whistleblower protection laws. With skilled employment lawyers by your side, you’ll never be afraid to do the right thing.
If You Witness Fraud in the Workplace, Report it to Michigan’s Trusted Law Firm
Pitt, McGehee, Palmer, Bonanni & Rivers doesn’t just protect whistleblowers after the fact. We also give you legal advice on blowing the whistle in the first place. If you think you have discovered evidence of fraud in your workplace, consult us immediately. We can evaluate the strength of your evidence, determine the most effective way to report it, and gather evidence on how your employer reacts. This will make it harder for your employer to accuse you of false testimony. It also means that if your employer retaliates against you, we will be able to document their actions and hold them accountable.
OSHA Whistleblower Statutes Protect You from Employer Retaliation
The Occupational Safety and Health Act, or OSHA, creates specific protections for whistleblowers, as it is only possible to detect health and safety violations if people are willing to come forward. If your employer fires or harms you after you expose their practices, you can report the violation to both the Federal OSHA office and the Michigan state office. OSHA officials will interview you, review the evidence of retaliation, and if they find that evidence compelling, demand that your employer reinstate you and restore your earnings and benefits.