Michigan Whistleblower Protections

All Michigan citizens are protected by state and federal whistleblower laws. We have provided information about many of the laws in Michigan below. For more information about federal laws, click here.


Government Employees

Other Whistleblower Laws

Statutes protecting whistleblowers who report fraud against government

The Medicaid False Claims Act


M.C.L.A. Ch. 400

Parties Protected By Statute

A person, who having knowledge of the occurrence of an event affecting his initial or continued right to receive a medicaid benefit or the initial or continued right of any other person on whose behalf he has applied for or is receiving a benefit, shall not conceal or fail to disclose that event with intent to obtain a benefit to which the person or any other person is not entitled or in an amount greater than that to which the person or any other person is entitled.

Specific Remedies Authorized By Statute

Sec. 10c. (1) An employer shall not discharge, demote, suspend, threaten, harass, or in any other manner, discriminate against an employee in the terms and conditions of employment because the employee engaged in lawful acts, including initiating, assisting in, or participating in the furtherance of an action under this act or because the employee cooperates with or assists in an investigation under this act. This prohibition does not apply to an employment action against an employee who the court finds brought a frivolous claim, as defined in section 2591 of the revised judicature act of 1961, 1961 PA 236, MCL 600.2591; the court finds to have planned and initiated the conduct upon which the action is brought; or is convicted of criminal conduct arising from a violation of this act.

(2) An employer who violates this section is liable to the employee for all of the following:

  1. Reinstatement to the employee’s position without loss of seniority.
  2. Two times the amount of lost back pay.
  3. Interest on the back pay.
  4. Compensation for any special damages.
  5. Any other relief necessary to make the employee whole.

General-purpose statutes protecting whistleblowers

Whistle-Blowers’ Protection Act


M.C.L.A. 15.361 et seq.

Parties Protected By Statute

“Employee” means a person who performs a service for wages or other remuneration under a contract of hire, written or oral, express or implied. Employee includes a person employed by the state or a political subdivision of the state except state classified civil service.

Protected Actions Under Statute

An employer shall not discharge, threaten, or otherwise discriminate against an employee regarding the employee’s compensation, terms, conditions, location, or privileges of employment because the employee, or a person acting on behalf of the employee, reports or is about to report, verbally or in writing, a violation or a suspected violation of a law or regulation or rule promulgated pursuant to law of this state, a political subdivision of this state, or the United States to a public body, unless the employee knows that the report is false, or because an employee is requested by a public body to participate in an investigation, hearing, or inquiry held by that public body, or a court action.

Specific Remedies Authorized By Statute

A court, in rendering a judgment in an action brought pursuant to this act, shall order, as the court considers appropriate, reinstatement of the employee, the payment of back wages, full reinstatement of fringe benefits and seniority rights, actual damages, or any combination of these remedies. A court may also award the complainant all or a portion of the costs of litigation, including reasonable attorney fees and witness fees, if the court determines that the award is appropriate.