Michigan Court of Appeals finds prima facie case of retaliatory discrimination in workers’ compensation matter

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Warning for employers who discharge or in any manner discriminate against employees because of workers’ compensation.

Michigan law prohibits employers from discharging or in any manner discriminating against employees because of workers’ compensation. This could include unfair performance reviews, harassment, changes to job duties, demotion, salary reduction, negative references, and unwarranted disciplinary action.

The Michigan Court of Appeals has now affirmed a $170,000 jury award against an employer who fired its employee for exercising his rights under the Worker’s Disability Compensation Act (WDCA). A prima facie case of retaliatory discrimination was made after evidence showed plaintiff was terminated for collecting workers’ compensation benefits.

We hope this case serves as a warning for other employers. Simply asking for wage loss or medical treatment could be enough to trigger protection under the WDCA. Employees should never be punished just because they sought workers’ compensation benefits.

Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers never charges a fee to evaluate a potential case. Our law firm has represented injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Call (844) 201-9497 for a free consultation today.

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RYAN MITCHELL V DORE & ASSOCIATES CONTRACTING INC.

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