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Legal remedies may be pursued for wrongful discharge

When a person is fired from his or her job, it can leave them with a lot of questions. It is not unrealistic for someone to wonder if he or she has been the victim of a wrongful discharge situation. Employees in Michigan or elsewhere who believe they have experienced this may pursue legal remedies to resolve the issue and seek compensation for any legally recoverable damages.

Employees who have an employment contract have some level of protection from being wrongfully terminated. However, that does not mean it does not happen. For example, those who fail to get any promises from their employers in writing, even though oral agreements may have been created, might have a difficult time proving the agreements were actually made and are legally binding.

At-will employees, on the other hand, can be fired for anything under the sun, as long as the reason is a legal. Those in this situation may feel there is little they can do, but that is far from the truth. Those who believe they have been fired due to discrimination or because they filed complaints about workplace hazards, among a variety of other reasons, may have valid arguments and could pursue legal claims against their employers.

There certainly are credible reasons for an employer to fire someone under his or her employ. That does not mean, however, that they can break employment protection laws in the process. A worker in Michigan who feels he or she is the victim of wrongful discharge can seek legal representation in order to review the facts of his or her case. An experienced attorney will be able to not only offer guidance regarding such claims but also actively pursue the case in court if appropriate.

Source: FindLaw, "Your Rights when Losing or Leaving a Job", Accessed on July 15, 2015

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