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Grocery store employee claims he's victim of wrongful termination

Being injured while at work can potentially impede a Michigan employee from being able to complete his or her job properly. However, simply because they are unable to complete certain tasks does not necessarily mean that they are completely incapable of working, and for some, it may be possible to request a new set of duties. An out-of-state man claims that he was disabled during the course of his employment and was later the victim of a wrongful termination after asking to be reassigned.

The man worked stocking shelves at a grocery chain when he apparently injured his finger in an on-the-job accident. He asserts that this finger injury is what caused him to be unable to complete his work duties. When he later informed his employer of his new disability and asked to be reassigned to a duty that would accommodate his injury, he says the employer refused.

The employee subsequently lost his job despite his alleged attempts to remain employed. He has since filed a wrongful termination claim against the company and has accused his former employer of violating anti-discrimination laws. He is seeking damages for lost wages and wrongful termination, among several other reasons.

Although the state that he resides in is an at-will employment state, being terminated for requesting a new work assignment due to a disability or injury is still illegal. If the man is able to prove that he was indeed the victim of a wrongful termination, he may be awarded compensation that can be essential for recouping lost wages. In some instances, some Michigan employees may even be eligible to be reinstated to their former position with alternative work duties.

Source:, "Rouse's employee files suit against former employer for wrongful termination", Andrew Stevens, Aug. 29, 2014

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