The Employment Law/Civil Rights attorneys at Bolhouse, Hofstee & McLean fight for the rights of individuals who have been unfairly treated or fired by their employers. We have won some of the largest employment law cases in West Michigan history, including a $3.4 million judgment on behalf of 8 Grand Rapids police officers in a discrimination suit and an $843,000 judgment for a 911 operator in a whistleblowers protection suit.
Federal and state laws protect most workers from facing discrimination on the job. These laws regulate all aspects of work, including hiring and firing, job duties, wages, benefits, promotions and reviews.
If you have been unfairly treated or fired by your employer, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. This compensation may include payment for pain and suffering, lost wages and other economic losses resulting from your termination or unfair treatment.
Typically, employment discrimination occurs when an employee is terminated, demoted, not promoted or not hired because of that person's religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, or marital status.
Sexual harassment includes verbal conduct, including derogatory comments or slurs; physical conduct, including assault, impeding or blocking movement, or physical interference with normal work or movement; visual harassment, including derogatory posters, cartoons, photos, or drawings; sexual favors, including unwanted sexual advances where sexual favors are asked for in exchange for an employment benefit.
In your employment discrimination claim, you may be entitled to recover the following: Lost wages Lost employment benefits Lost pension benefits Emotional distress damages Damages for embarrassment or humiliation Attorney fees
If you believe you have been the victim of employment discrimination, harassment, or retaliatory termination or demotion, please contact our office to make an appointment to speak with one of our employment attorneys. We handle cases against all employers, including governmental entities.
Under Michigan law, it is unlawful for an employer to retaliate against an employee because he or she has exercised a legal right. This is true even if the worker is an 'at will' employee. For example, it is wrongful for an employer to retaliate against an employee who reports or threatens to report, an employer's unlawful activity to appropriate authorities. It is also wrong for an employer to retaliate against an employee who makes safety complaints or protests unlawful discrimination at the work place, or files a charge of unlawful discrimination, or an EEOC complaint.