My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: Michigan
My son (32 yrs old, married, one child) went on short term disability in February. NOT under the family leave act, but on short term disability, in February 2008. He is a car salesman, also was working as the Leasing Manager, weekend Financial Manager, and Sales Manager as needed. He has worked for this company for 7 years and has been top sales person multiple times. He has sarcoidosis and has been being treated with mega doses of steroids for over 9 months, all that time, he was working even though he was not feeling well most of the time. His pulmonary doctor put him in short term disability because they have been trying to wean him off the steroids and this has been causing a lot of physical problems.
My son was terminated as of April 1st. His employer did not notify him of the termination, he found out through the 401K company that they received a letter from him employer stating he was terminated as of April 1st. The owner/boss to this day has not contacted him regarding the termination. There was no reason for the termination, other than his current medical problem. The owner made 2 different verbal agreements with my son and his wife about continuing to contribute to their medical insurance and has since broken both those agreements.
Isn't it against employee's rights to be terminated because of a disability? Sarcoidosis is an auto-immune disorder which can be aggravated by stress. This, of course, has caused him much stress and is not helping with his recovery.
What can he do now. Does he have any legal course of action he can take against the employer for wrongful termination?