Have you been unfairly treated or terminated from your employment? Workplaces are supposed to be a safe place, unfortunately, some employers subject their employees to unfair, unsafe and illegal conditions. Workers may not know their rights or may be afraid to stand up and speak out against their employer in fear of retaliation. These labor violations can mean lost benefits and wages, missed opportunities for advancement, and undue stress.
Considering legal action can be stressful and intimidating, our employment and civil rights lawyers are here to fully address your concerns. We’ll explain your rights and options for action to provide you with the advice you need to make appropriate decisions moving forward.
We protect employees whose rights have been violated. Workplace injury cases can take many forms and many workers are afraid to speak out against their employers for fear of retaliation. Examples include:
At Giroux Trial Attorneys, our Michigan attorneys are experienced in a variety of civil litigation cases that involve unfair labor practices against employees. In fact, our attorneys have the dedication, knowledge and experience required to litigate a broad range of labor disputes.
If you have been the victim of unfair or illegal treatment at work, contact us for a free case evaluation. Making it right starts here. Protect your rights. 100% Confidential.
Save records related to your employment and contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to file a Charge of Discrimination, which must be done within 300 days of being fired, demoted, or harassed to preserve your ability to sue for violations of federal law.
Both federal and state laws protect employees from workplace discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Michigan’s Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act prohibit discriminatory employment practices based on identified protected classes or characteristics (such as race, gender, age, pregnancy, etc.) and prohibit retaliation for complaining about protected class discrimination.
In any employment discrimination case, both the employer and the individual discriminator/harasser can be held liable. Michigan law specifically permits suit against individuals, including supervisors, who engage in discriminatory conduct or harassment of their employees.
Proving that you were discriminated against or harassed often revolves around your word against another’s. One person’s version of events can be sufficient, but the existence of other evidence such as witnesses, emails, documents, or audio recordings can be decisive.
To establish a prima facie case of discrimination, a plaintiff must show that he or she (1) is a member of a protected class, (2) suffered an adverse employment action, (3) met his employer’s legitimate expectations at the time of the adverse employment action, and (4) was treated differently from similarly situated employees outside his protected class.
Both state and federal law uses the label of “hostile work environment” for harassment lawsuits. In order to sue your employer for workplace harassment, the harassment must be about or relate to a statutorily protected class (such as race, gender, age, etc.) and be “severe and pervasive.” In general, isolated words or statements alone are not sufficient to prove workplace harassment. In addition, an employee can only sue their employer for workplace harassment after reporting it. Absent a prior report to the employer, you cannot file suit.
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