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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Michigan on
Q: Hello I had a question

I had a lawsuit and won never met the lawyer and didn’t really know how much I was getting only what he told me,is there any way I can really find out

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Sep 17, 2021

If you were represented by an attorney, you should contact that person's office for details. Typically what happens in a settlement is that the party making payment sends a check to the recipient's attorney, made out in both the attorney's and the recipient's name. That check is... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Business Law and Employment Law for Michigan on
Q: Can I work for a staffing agency internally and as an employee contracted out by the agency to a client?

I work for a staffing firm that does payroll/hr/admin contracting for a large client. I’m a corporate employee who manages the hr system for both the staffing agency and the client, in the past I managed payroll for both companies as well (the contracted agency employees and the direct client... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Sep 15, 2021

As a practical matter, I'm not sure it's to either company's benefit for you to manager HR for the both of them. Payroll is another matter, which I don't think is much of an issue.

The arrangement is likely legal; "best practice"? probably not.

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Michigan on
Q: An individual verbally harassed and physically threatened me at work -& there's video evidence. What are my options?

The individual that harassed me continues to work there, and creates a hostile environment.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Sep 15, 2021

First step is to report this to your employer. You may also need to consider petitioning for a PPO.

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Michigan on
Q: An individual verbally harassed and physically threatened me at work -& there's video evidence. What are my options?

The individual that harassed me continues to work there, and creates a hostile environment.

Eva Zelson
Eva Zelson answered on Sep 17, 2021

It’s good that there is hard evidence in the case, rather than a case of he said she said. The first step is to document with the HR department at your company. Hopefully your employer will take steps to ensure that this does not happen again. If they do not, you will have a compilation of... Read more »

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Q: can atty help me write constructive discharge letter to my employer?

employed as a gate keeper at gated condo in ST Clair Shores Mi a condo owner was drunk and tryed to ram me hood to hood fortunatell he came nose to nose he got out and laughed in my face previously my boss ron said Ishould watch my back so he knew he was dangerous

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Sep 7, 2021

To what end would such a letter serve? If you wish to find a different job - which I wouldn't blame you if something like that happened - would they object to you receiving unemployment?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Michigan on
Q: travel employee, injured while not on site. what can i do.

traveling mechanic for BAE systems from kansas working in michigan. at some point in the last 9 months i developed a hernia and cannot point to any specific event that caused it. I am basically being told go home and handle it while unemployed. this sounds fishy to me and im looking for any other... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Aug 26, 2021

A Michigan attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for five weeks. It's difficult for attorneys to reach out to you within the format of this Q & A forum. This doesn't operate like an attorney referral service. If you haven't already spoken with an attorney, you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Michigan on
Q: Can a motion be filed for a labor relation suit under 25k be transferred to a court of competent jurisdiction?

The case is under 25k of the jurisdiction limit of the circuit court and I would like to know if it can be transferred instead of being dismissed?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Aug 21, 2021

Seek an attorney. Civil law is not intuitive - there are a lot of rules and procedures you need to follow just like an attorney; you cannot succeed on merit alone. And it's not about being competent: lawyers spend years in school, and even longer in practice mastering all the rules and... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for Michigan on
Q: Do I have any recourse against my employer for firing me for not getting the covid vaccine?

I have a medical condition that should be a contraindication to the vaccine; however, my employer disregards this and any other medical condition in their mandate of the vaccine. Should I resign or let them fire me? And do I have any recourse against them for it?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Aug 8, 2021

You are in relatively uncharted waters. You may have an interesting case. But your biggest concern now should be what you are going to do to make ends meet between now and whenever your case gets resolved, which could be years.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Michigan on
Q: Can I sue for an employer neglecting my herrastment complaint?

Two coworkers were overheard conspiring to get me fired. I filed a complaint, and they told me to let it go.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jul 22, 2021

If your employer has not fired you, as your complaint alleges is the conspiracy, I'm unsure what damages are that you would be seeking from them. And what did you expect the company to do with your complaint? This is definitely a case of picking your battles. You filed a complaint, the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Contracts, Criminal Law and Employment Law for Michigan on
Q: I was injured at Ford Motor Co in Feb, 2017. Completed surgery on leg and knee. Not on back. Attorney said June 2020, MY

CASE IS TOO NEW TO BE HEARD.

It's been over 2 years. Where do I go from here?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jun 28, 2021

Workers comp claims take awhile. Your attorney probably knows very well the timeline and process. You could consult with another workers comp attorney, but they may tell you the same.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Michigan on
Q: I was promised a 250 bonus for starting work. I was let go because of suspicion of marijuana and never received my $250
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jun 26, 2021

First, look at the terms of that bonus closely. It may say you need to work a certain period of time before receiving the money. Second, if they are unwilling to give you the bonus, you may need to take legal action, but I would think twice about going to court for $250 when you were fired for... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for Michigan on
Q: Can I work for a competing company if I signed a Non-Compete for an LLC that I am not employed under within my company?

I work for [Company] Investment Fund III, LLC (Michigan). When I was on boarded for my job, I signed a NDA/Non-Compete agreement that applies to a different [Company] Investment Fund, I LLC (Pennsylvania) but under the same parent company. It states that  I cannot work for a competitor in the... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jun 9, 2021

Best advice would be to run the documents you have by a local employment attorney. But courts often don't favor non-compete clauses, especially when you are not actively taking business or clients away. And I think a lot is to be said that if a dispute arose, the court may be inclined to apply... Read more »

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Q: If training on a cash register and mistakes were made can my employer hold my check untill I give them money

I had no money to give so they cashed my check and just took my money with seemingly nothing I could do about it

Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on Jun 6, 2021

Subject to your consent, and perhaps some other information not given here, your employer may not deduct your wages for a short cash register (till). If this happened recently, you already have less than 1 year to file a complaint.

The State of Michigan has what's called the Department...
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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for Michigan on
Q: Is there a legal obligation to notify an employer (privately owned company) when I resign where I am going to work?

It’s a salon and they have said that I cannot leave to work for another salon (within 6 miles).

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on May 20, 2021

Was this restriction in writing? If not, I'm not sure how they could enforce anything. If so, you may want to consult an attorney. But generally, courts disfavor restrictions like this, allow they will stand in some cases.

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Michigan on
Q: Can employers make you get Covid shot? Feeling singled out, belittled, bullied.

My daughter has had Covid, works in Mi and her and another not wanting shot at this time in their life. What are the rights protecting from being forced? Does this medical info (personal) fall under hippa being told by boss that it does not? Can I get fired for not having Covid shot? MI is at will... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on May 19, 2021

You are correct that Michigan is an at-will state. Her employer can mandate that she get the COVID vaccination, unless she has a medical or religious reason for not wanting to do so. If either of those apply to her, you should contact an employment law attorney in your area to discuss her rights... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Michigan on
Q: Company keeping vacation time. Is this legal?

Company is based in Florida. Company asked employees to take vacation time (without taking days off) last year to “get the dollars off the year end books” with a promise to make it up to employees post-pandemic. Just announced everyone who gave up time will get 2 additional days this year, but... Read more »

Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on May 3, 2021

From the employee's perspective, it depends. Generally the employer and employee can agree to modify the employment relationship anytime.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Michigan on
Q: Is it legal for an employer to fire a worker for catching covid and potentially exposing people on accident?

This is in Michigan. My friend was last in work on Friday and had symptoms starting Sunday the. called into work on Monday and hasn’t gone in since the Friday she left. She was fired on Tuesday for the reasons being “You caught covid and potentially exposed me and my family” they terminated... Read more »

Jay D Mukerji
Jay D Mukerji answered on Apr 21, 2021

I am sorry to hear about this situation. It is impossible to answer without more details. Without knowing all the details, At-will employment means an employer can fire a person at any time for any reason except an illegal one. There are numerous conflicting policies/laws at play, including... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Michigan on
Q: I had an employer fire me for no reason but the paper said I been warned multiple times I have never been warned

Hi there I left my job to work for better pay for a company that been asking me to work for them for a couple years I worked there for a couple months and everyone was getting high and drinking on the job I did a great job I'm good at what I do one day i walked in and was handed a paper saying... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Apr 19, 2021

You will likely need to wade through the unemployment appeal system where your fault can be established. Just keep in mind that warnings do not need to be in writing, and Michigan is generally an "at will" state. The remaining question seems to be whether you now qualify for unemployment benefits.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Michigan on
Q: If someone tells me over text that they were going to harass me at work but they never did and probably won't,

can my boss ban this person from store even tho the man didn't do what he said. I work at 7-Eleven. I believe it's a public company not a private one

Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on Apr 5, 2021

Generally, places of business can exclude an individual for any permissible reason.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Libel & Slander for Michigan on
Q: Can I file a lawsuit against someone for defamation of character and discrimination?I have proof ? Accusing me of crime

A supervisor at my old job is accusing me of committing a crime of vandalism on his vehicle, there is no evidence against me but I have messages of him calling me a criminal saying and also telling people it was me who committed the crime of a vandalism act to his vehicle , he even reported my name... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Mar 5, 2021

You probably could take him to court, but unless you have provable damages, I don't know what good it will do. Defamation and any civil claim is different and carries a different burden of proof than a criminal case.

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