Whistleblowers’ Protection Act
Under Michigan Law, the Whistleblowers’ Protection Act, P.A. 1980, No. 469, an employee shall not be discharged, threatened, or otherwise discriminated against by their employer for reporting violations of state, local or federal law in the workplace. A discharged employee who alleges a violation of this Act by their employer may bring a civil action for damages and/or an injunctive relief. An employee shall show by clear and convincing evidence that they had or were about to report a violation or a suspected violation of a law. A court, in rendering a judgment in an action brought under this act, shall order, as the court considers appropriate, reinstatement of the employee, the payment of back wages, full reinstatement of fringe benefits and seniority rights, actual damages, or any combination of these remedies. A court may also award the complainant all or a portion of the costs of litigation, including reasonable attorney fees and witness fees.
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