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Michigan Whistleblower Laws

A "whistleblower" is an employee who reports illegal or unethical acts of his or her employer to the proper authorities. Therefore, whistleblower laws protect public and/or private employees from being retaliated against for reporting these violations. Michigan whistleblower laws protect both public and private employees, and allow plaintiffs to be reinstated in their job and to collect attorney fees if they prevail in their case.

The following chart details Michigan whistleblower laws. See Whistleblower Protections to learn more.

Code Section 15§361, et seq.
Prohibited Employer Activity Can not discharge, threaten, or otherwise discriminate if employee or representative of employee reports or is about to report violation of law, regulation, or rule or because employee testifies in hearing or a court action unless employee knows disclosure is false
Protection for Public or Private Employees? Both
Opportunity for Employer to Correct? -
Remedies Can file civil action within 90 days if violation for injunction and/or actual damages, including attorney's fees. Court may award: reinstatement, back pay, reinstate benefits and seniority rights, and court costs
Penalties Civil fine, maximum $500

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Michigan whistleblower attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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