Although the Michigan courts generally adhere to a presumption of at-will employment, there are a number of statutory and recognized common law exceptions to this rule.
Court attendance. Employers may not discipline or discharge employees for absences resulting from a summons to jury duty or, in the case of an employee who has been a victim of a crime, for absences resulting from a summons from the prosecutor to appear as a witness in court (MI Comp. Laws Sec. 600.1346 andSec. 780.762).
Garnishment. Employers may not discipline or discharge employees because their wages are being garnished or their income is being withheld for child support payments (MI Comp. Laws Sec. 600.4015andSec. 552.623).
Genetic tests. It is illegal to require an individual to submit to a genetic test or to provide genetic information as a condition of employment or promotion (MI Comp. Laws Sec. 37.1202).
Internet privacy.In Michigan, the Internet Privacy Protection Act (IPPA), with some exceptions, bars employers from seeking certain personal Internet account information (MI H.B. 5523). More specifically, Michigan employers may not:
• Request that employees or applicants grant access to, allow observation of, or disclose information that allows access to or observation of their personal Internet accounts; or
• Discharge, discipline, fail to hire, or ...