Muskegon, MI asked in Employment Law for Michigan

Q: Fired because some was sore I wrote them up and complained to GM.

For the 4 years I have worked at Menards Inc. I have not had any performance or attendance issues. I am a 1st assistant and this past Sunday I wrote up a fellow manager under me for poor job performance. He was irritated. The Saturday before we were playing around and he joked with me about more incoming trucks we had. We were already slammed with work and when he said he was kidding I grabbed him by the neck. We were both laughing about it how he "Got Me" This was not an issue then and was not reported until after his write up. This same person has been written up for unsolicited touching of a female team member and was not fired for it. I feel that I was unjustly accused of being aggressive and sure the cameras would show we were laughing. Probably already know the answer but do I have any recourse here in Michigan?

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Really hard to say given the limited facts.

Generally, absent a contract or a union agreement, employment in Michigan is "at will". There is limited protection against firing, but retaliation may be a legitimate issue to address. Your problem, though, may be that by your account, you were a mutual participant in what could be terms horseplay.

Best answer would be found through consulting with an employment attorney.

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