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Your employer doesn't have all the power

If you and your employer get into a dispute about some aspect of your employment, it's easy to feel like you don't have any power and your employer is holding all of the cards. After all, your employer is in charge of you in the business owner/employee relationship sense, so it's easy to transfer this standing to all issues that you may have. Much of society is structured on this same model, with various levels of authority, and so people naturally feel like they can't do much if they are at a lower level.

The important thing to remember is that, in situations in which the law is being broken, you are no longer subordinate to your employer. He or she does not have all of the power. In any industry, the law itself governs what can and cannot be done, and, if you have the law on your side, that actually gives you the power.

For example, perhaps you were acting as a whistleblower, trying to create a safe workplace, and now your boss is threatening to fire you. Or, perhaps your boss just found out about your religious beliefs, and you think you're being fired because of them.

In most situations, your employer does have the right to fire you at will, so your default reading of this situation may be that there's nothing you can do. However, both of the situations described about are illegal firings. This is when the power of law comes into play, so you must know your rights and how to stand up for yourself.

If you'd like to learn more about what you can do and where you really stand in Michigan, please get in touch with us today.

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