Whistleblower protections are in place at the state and federal levels to protect employees in certain situations when they report wrongdoing by an employer. It is essential for employees who become aware of wrongdoing or illegal practices or behavior at their workplace to be familiar with whistleblower protections.
There are a variety of different whistleblower protections employees in Michigan should be familiar with including:
- It is illegal for employers in Michigan to discharge, threaten or otherwise discriminate against an employee because they reported a violation or suspected violation of federal or state law by the employer. This protection extends if someone reports a violation or suspected violation on the employee’s behalf. The employer is prohibited from discriminating against the employee in terms of their terms of employment, conditions of employment, privileges of employment, location of employments or compensation.
- Employers in Michigan are also prohibited from discharging, threatening or otherwise discriminating against an employee concerning their terms of employment, conditions of employment, privileges of employment, location of employments or compensation because the employee takes part in a public hearing, investigation, inquiry or court action.
Help with seeking whistleblower protection
Whistleblower protections come up in certain situations including environmental laws and policy; government contracting; health insurance, Medicare and Medicaid fraud; law enforcement; and the banking and financial industries. Whistleblower laws ensure employees are not punished or otherwise discriminated against because they report wrongdoing or illegal activity in their workplaces. It is important for employees impacted by employer wrongdoing and whistleblower laws to be familiar with what those protections are.