Our Legal Team Understands the Nuances of Government and Federally Funded Employment Issues
Public sector employment can raise many of same issues as private sector employment, but also a host of government-specific issues that can make it unique. Many of the same contract protections and anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation statutes apply. The Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) offers important protections to government employees who report illegal conduct and violations of rule, regulation or law in the government workplace or to other agencies. Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act protects most employees from discrimination based on race, sex, religion, age, height, weight, family or marital status.
Michigan’s Persons with Disability Civil Rights act provides protections to workers with disabilities, if they are able to do their job with or without reasonable accommodation. The Americans with Disabilities Act is a similar federal law that also protects disabled people in employment. The Public Employment Relations Act (PERA) is a dominant law regulating public employee labor relations. The PERA was modeled on the National Labor Relations Act under federal law. Michigan passed a so-called “right to work” law in recent years, which amend sections of the PERA so that public employers (government employers) cannot require government employees to join a union or pay union dues, fees or other expenses as a condition of obtaining or continuing employment.
Navigating the legal complexities of government jobs is different than the landscape offered by for-profit and non-profit businesses. Fortunately, the team at Jay Zelenock Law Firm is knowledgeable in the specifics of the legal landscape within government jobs.
Contact us today for a free consultation to see if we can help you with your government job related issues or provide employment law advice.