Michigan Disability Discrimination
Legal Protection for Injured and Disabled Workers
Over the years we have advocated on behalf of injured and disabled workers, we have encountered many employers who discriminate or retaliate against employees because of their disabilities and/or their workers’ compensation claims. There are a number of legal protections, which are supposed to prevent and deter discrimination against the disabled.
If you believe you have been discharged, harassed, discriminated or retaliated against because of a disability or because you have exercised your rights to workers’ compensation, contact us at Chowning & Edgar for a free consultation to discuss how we can help you obtain your lawful remedies.
The Laws Are On Your Side
Retalitory Discharge - The Michigan Workers Disability Compensation Act specifically prohibits any person from discharging or otherwise discriminating against workers for making a Workers' Compensation claim or exercising his or her rights under the Act. This is a separate lawsuit above and beyond your Workers' Compensation claim, and you can recover additional damages.
The Americans with Disabilities Act and the Michigan Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act also prohibits employers from discriminating against employees who have qualified disabilities. Employers under these statutes can also be required to make certain accommodations for employees suffering from a qualified disability. What constitutes a qualified disability depends on the individual facts and circumstances. What accommodations an employer can be required to make also varies according to individual circumstances.
In addition to the statutes above, the Family and Medical Leave Act also provides certain job security to some employees who must take a temporary leave of absence for their own serious health condition or that of a family member.
If you have been denied benefits, fired or demoted based on a disabiity or workers comp claim, do not hesitate to call our office right away. We are committed to providing you with outstanding representation to ensure you receive the benefits you rightfully deserve.