Statutory limitations periods begin with implementation of adverse action

The Michigan Whistleblowers' Protection Act (WPA) prohibits an employer from discharging, threatening, or otherwise discriminating against an employee because he has reported or is about to report a violation or the possibility of a violation to a public entity. The Michigan Supreme Court held that the statutory limitations period (i.e., the period in which an employee can file a lawsuit) under the WPA begins running when the employee experiences an adverse employment action—not when the employer decides on such an action.

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