As a general rule, if a federal, state, or local law grants employees the right to engage in an activity or to enjoy a benefit, employees should never be disciplined, discharged, or otherwise retaliated against for requesting or attempting to do so.
To list a few key examples, state law prohibits employers from discharging employees for engaging in the following activities:
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 ...