MICHIGAN EMPLOYMENT LAW: TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Types of Michigan Employee Violations
- Michigan Pay Violations
- Michigan Minimum Wage Violations
- Michigan Unpaid Overtime
- Other Michigan Employment Agreements & Disputes
- When It Becomes Necessary to Contact A Michigan Employment Attorney
- A Michigan Employment Attorney Can Advise on the Best Possible Course of Action
- Time Is of the Essence
- Michigan Employment Law Resources
- Michigan Employment Law Frequently Asked Questions
- Contact an Accomplished Michigan Employment Attorney
EMPLOYMENT LAW RESOURCES
We represent employees who have had their rights violated by employers, whether it be due to illegal discrimination, a violation of wage and hour laws, or a denial of another workplace right. There is no need to take on these overwhelming and intimidating tasks on your own.
Michigan's minimum wage is higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 (the default minimum wage for states that do not enact their own minimum wage laws).
One major exception to the $9.87 per hour minimum wage is for tipped workers, like restaurant servers. In this case, the minimum wage is $3.75 per hour. The tipped employee minimum wage plus tips earned by the employee must equal at least $9.87 per hour (averaged over the pay period). There are other exceptions to minimum wage laws, including student workers, teenage workers, temporary help, agricultural workers, independent contractors, and many others.
You could have a case against your employer if:
- They fail to pay you for all the hours you worked
- They pay only your regular wage for overtime hours
- They fail to pay you for overtime worked
Some employers try to get around paying overtime by paying employees a salary or classifying them as "management." However, it is not that simple. Whether an employee is entitled to overtime pay depends on whether the employee is considered exempt or nonexempt, which is determined by their specific job duties. Nonexempt employees are entitled to overtime pay even if they receive a salary.Michigan has specific rules about determining whether an employee is exempt from overtime pay requirements.
At Sommers Schwartz, we help clients whose lives were disrupted by the negligent or intentional conduct of another person or business.
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The Stakes are High
Employment disputes can put your career, livelihood, business, and ability to provide for yourself and your family at risk. Those are losses no one can afford to take.
When you have been harmed by an employer’s misconduct, you could be entitled to lost wages both past and future, damages for emotional distress and other harm, and restoration of your job. Employers found to have violated a worker’s rights could be responsible for those damages as well as punitive damages in serious cases of misconduct.
Time Is of the Essence
Time is a critical element in an employment law case, and any action against an employer is subject to "statute of limitation" laws. These limit the amount of time you have to file a claim. In Michigan, you have three years from the date of the violation. If you do not begin your action appropriately within the applicable deadlines, you cannot pursue your claim.
Three years may seem like plenty of time, but it is best to contact an attorney as soon as possible to get started. Investigating your claim and building a strong case against your employer takes time. An attorney can help ensure you meet all necessary deadlines to protect the validity of your case.
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Employment Law Frequently Asked Questions
Contact an Accomplished Michigan Employment Attorney
The Sommers Schwartz employment lawyers are among the most well respected in Michigan. Sommers Schwartz is often the firm other law firms turn to when they experience employment disputes. Our knowledge of both sides of employment law gives us a unique and valuable perspective.
If you face an employment dispute, you likely feel stressed about standing up to a current or former employer. Sommers Schwartz's compassionate, understanding attorneys will stand by and support you every step of the way. They will investigate your claim, gather evidence, and craft a strong case on your behalf.
Put the resources and experience of a billion-dollar law firm on your side. Contact us today.
Sommers Schwartz has offices in Detroit and Southfield. For a free consultation with a Sommers Schwartz attorney, call (800) 783-0989. We welcome the chance to stand beside you in your fight against an employer who violated your rights.