Employment Law

Protecting Your Rights as an Employee; Holding Your Employer Accountable

It is natural for employees to feel as if they have to tolerate bad behavior from their employers. For one, they cannot afford not to be employed; and two, they are afraid of what will happen if they speak out against adverse working conditions. Our firm is dedicated to helping employees assert their rights in the workplace and, if necessary, go after employers who violate those rights. 

Attorney Carla D. Aikens and the rest of her team are well-equipped to provide legal solutions to current and former employees in the area of employment law. Specifically, we can handle the following situations:

  • Wrongful Termination. Unfortunately, Michigan and Illinois – along with most other states – are at-will states; this means that you may be let go for (almost) any reason. However, if you are a member of a protected class based on your race, color, sex, national origin, disability, age, religion, and other certain innate characteristics, you might have a wrongful termination case if you can prove your firing was tied to your membership in one of these classes. 
  • Family Medical Leave Act Violations. Most employers must allow employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for the birth of their children, serious medical conditions that make it impossible to fulfill their job’s essential functions, care of sick family members, and a few other circumstances. We can help if your employer did not live up to their obligations regarding this federal law. 
  • Whistleblower Claims. In Michigan, nearly any employee is free to collect remedies if they were retaliated against for “blowing the whistle” on illegal activity engaged in by their employer. 
  • Wage and Hour Claims. Employers are only allowed to withhold pay for a handful of reasons. Unfortunately, unscrupulous managers may try to short their workers on wages in a number of ways, including misclassifying employees as independent contractors. 
  • Workplace Harassment. A prominent example of harassment in the workplace is sexual harassment, where, for example, a junior employee is promised a promotion or bonus for engaging in sexual activity with their supervisor. Harassment can happen to anyone based on their membership in a protected class, though, and ultimately interfere with an employee’s ability to work. 
  • Overtime Pay. Hourly workers are entitled to 1.5 times the normal rate of pay for any time over 40 hours worked in one week. There are exceptions for certain salaried employees, but your employer must show that you meet the conditions for being salaried in order to avoid having to pay you overtime. 

We also offer legal assistance in the following areas:

Our firm is proud to stick up for workers who feel outmatched when asserting their rights as employees. Even if you are just not sure whether you have a valid claim based on the areas mentioned above, get in touch with us so we can discuss your options today.