Employers in Michigan who are facing the unpleasant task of firing one of their employees may be able to make the experience go more smoothly by keeping some things in mind. First, an employer should usually provide an employee with sufficient warning before firing them. Except in rare cases where the employee did something extremely deplorable, an employer should provide an employee with multiple opportunities to improve their work performance.
A Michigan man who worked in maintenance for Washtenaw County was awarded over $1 million by a federal jury in Detroit. The plaintiff sued his former employer for terminating him, ostensibly because he was unqualified for his job, after nearly two decades of work. In his suit, the man alleged that he was denied promotions and eventually terminated at least in part because he is a Muslim and has a long beard, which is part of his faith.
Last week we discussed a wrongful discharge lawsuit that was filed in Wayne County. In that case, a county employee claimed he was let go from his job as a photographer because of employer retaliation. A judge disagreed, however, and dismissed the lawsuit.
Employers in Michigan know that for good reason it is sometimes necessary to terminate a worker's employment. Common reasons for firing an employee include failing to meet production goals, workplace misconduct and employee theft, but it may also be necessary to let an employee go because of budgetary reasons.