Whistleblowers Are Protected Against Retaliation
Whistleblowing is a courageous act by employees who know of illegal behavior in their workplace. Unfortunately, this courage sometimes comes at a price. Even though it is illegal for employers to retaliate against employees who blow the whistle on illegal practices, employers often retaliate against these employees.
If you have been fired for reporting illegal conduct at your job, call the lawyers at Fagan McManus, P.C. Located in Royal Oak, our lawyers represent employees across Michigan.
You Have Protections Under The Law
The Whistleblower Protection Act is a Michigan law that protects employees who report or threaten to report illegal activities at work. If you are successful in a claim under the Whistleblower Protection Act, you may be able to recover the following damages:
- Back pay
- Right to reinstatement if you were terminated, or anticipated lost wages (front pay)
- Reinstatement of seniority benefits and fringe benefits
- Actual damages
- Damages for emotional distress
- Attorney fees
The Sooner You Act, The Sooner We Can Help
Claims under the Whistleblower Protection Act must be brought within 90 days of an adverse action. Therefore, if you have been terminated, demoted or otherwise penalized at work for reporting activity you believe to be illegal, contact our law firm immediately.
There are also federal laws that protect whistleblowers. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act offers employees of publicly traded companies protections against reporting illegal conduct by their employer. Likewise, the Fair Labor Standards Act offers rights to employees who are retaliated against for objecting to or reporting illegal pay practices, including underpayment of wages, wage theft or the failure to pay overtime wages.
In many cases, people are fired for informing their employers that they are victims of sexual harassment or illegal discrimination. As a result, retaliation claims are often brought along with other employment claims. Our law firm is experienced in representing employees in all manner of employment litigation.
Decades Of Experience As Employee Advocates
Barry Fagan has more than 30 years of experience representing employees. Over our careers, our lawyers have achieved successful results and several honors. For instance, Barry Fagan and Jennifer McManus have been selected for inclusion in the “Best Lawyers in America” in the field of labor and employment law, and Barry Fagan has also been selected for inclusion in Michigan Super Lawyers list.