Employment Law

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Michigan Employment Law

The General Rule: Employment is “At Will”

Michigan employment law starts with a very simple proposition. In the absence of a contract, employments are presumed to be “at will,” meaning that the employer can fire the employee at any time, with or without cause or notice. Likewise, the employee can quit with or without cause or notice.

If you are in a labor union, you are protected by a contract – a collective bargaining agreement, which covers all of the employees in the bargaining unit. There are always many restrictions on the employer’s right to fire an employee under a union contract.

Here are some of the employment law cases we specialize in:

Employment discrimination
Discrimination against people with disabilities

People who are not in unions may have individual contracts. This generally does not happen at lower levels, but more highly-compensated employees may well have employment contracts, which will almost always govern the circumstances under which the employee can be fired.

Finally, although it is becoming rarer, an employer may have a written employee policy book or manual that provides for certain employee rights before they can be fired. In recent years, employers have been much more careful to add language to their policy books saying that, no matter what else the policy book may say, the employment is at will, and the employee can still be fired with or without cause.  Michigan Law will uphold these clauses in favor of the employer.


If you think you may have a claim, do not hesitate to contact us. Call 248-785-0102 or fill out our contact form so a Michigan employment lawyer at Seikaly, Stewart & Bennett can help you determine whether you have a viable lawsuit.

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