Though there are government agencies that bear the burden of enforcing workplace laws, much of the action that those agencies take stems from complaints filed by courageous workers who witness unjust behavior firsthand. If you are one such individual intent on blowing the whistle on illegal activity at your company, you might fear retaliation from your employer.
While you should never regret seeking justice for yourself or your colleagues, you might worry for your future if your employer fires you in relation to whistleblowing. Understanding the compensation you can pursue in these circumstances will help inform the next steps you should take.
Whistleblower retaliation is wrongful termination
Michigan whistleblower law states that an employer cannot terminate or otherwise discriminate against an employee for exercising their right to report unsafe or unhealthy work conditions. Firing an employee as a retaliatory action is an example of wrongful termination. If you become a victim of wrongful termination, you can file a claim and pursue compensation.
What damages can you receive in a wrongful termination case?
When you present a strong case for your wrongful termination claim and win your case, you can request compensation in a number of forms. You might ask for back pay wages and benefits lost as a result of your termination, front pay you will lose as you take the time to search for a new job or out-of-pocket expenses made as a result of your termination. You can also request that the court enforces your reinstatement into your original job if you wish.
The financial damage you suffer due to a wrongful termination is unacceptable in the eyes of the law. By pursuing legal action against a retaliatory employer, you can receive the compensation you deserve while also knowing you are in the right for whistleblowing.