ABOUT US

Who We Are

Established in 1997 by Scott P. Batey the firm specializes in complex civil litigation. The firm is a full service litigation firm able to successfully handle any type of litigation the client may require. The Batey Law Firm, PLLC has built a foundation on hard work, creative thinking and aggressive litigation tactics earning the trust and confidence our clients. Litigating for more than a decade our attorneys have earned the respect and trust of our clients and peers- other lawyers, judges and court officials.


Our office is located in Bingham Farms, Michigan, an upscale business community located approximately 20 minutes from downtown Detroit and within one hour of all major State Courts in Southeastern Michigan. Our firm provides legal representation to individuals, corporations and business throughout the United States, concentrating in southeastern Michigan and the entire State of Michigan.


Our teams of experts, including private investigators, forensic accountants, physicians and other professionals provide us with the resources to aggressively litigate all types of employment, cases. Known for crafting unconventional approaches to achieve result our clients c demand, we offer innovative solutions to complicated legal issues.


Business litigation is an emerging area where our industry knowledge and experience effectively assists us in resolving disputes. Shareholders in a closed corporation have a significant involvement in company operation. Conflicts may arise involving legal issues and our ability to successfully resolve shareholder disputes provides a useful service to both corporate entities and individuals, who as shareholders may share in company profits.


Whether you are a multi-million dollar corporation or an individual who has been injured or discriminated against at work, we represent all of our client with a fierce determination to achieve an extraordinary result. We understand that we are fighting for the health and economic welfare for all of our clients and we take that responsibility seriously.


If you have a legal matter you would like to discuss with us, please call 248-540-6800 for a free, no obligation consultation.


The Batey Law Firm, PLLC, exceptional attorneys in Bingham Farms, Michigan providing legal services in all State and Federal Courts

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to take a genuine interest in our clients, understand their objectives, and meet or exceed their expectations. We dedicate ourselves to these values.

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COMPANY LOCATION

We are located 20 minutes from downtown Detroit:

30200 Telegraph Rd.
Suite 400
Bingham Farms 48025

Phone: 248-540-6800
Fax: 248-540-6814

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AREAS OF PRACTICE

Employment Attorney Providing Personal Service throughout the State of Michigan

Tough advocacy wins employment law cases for executives and hourly workers who are victims in the workplace

Large corporations and small businesses with insurance coverage have unlimited resources to defend themselves from employment claims. Attorney Scott Batey of the Batey Law Firm, PLLC is exactly the type of tough, aggressive litigator you need to be successful in your case. Mr. Batey provides a wide variety of knowledge, skill and resources to help you win your case. You can pursue your employment law remedies confidently with him by your side knowing he will personally take your case to trial and hold your current or former employer accountable.

Handling discrimination, business litigation and personal injury cases since 1996

A skilled Michigan employment law, accident and personal injury lawyer and lifelong Michigander, Scott Batey takes a positive, results-oriented approach to every case. He is a highly rated attorney with the experience to serve individuals and corporate entities in cases involving employment law, discrimination, sexual harassment, FMLA, business litigation, whistleblowers and diasabilities.

Clients rely on the Batey Law Firm for many reasons, including:

  • Candid advice. The Batey Law Firm provides clients with straightforward counsel and individualized, personal attention. Scott Batey is passionate and eager to win cases for his clients. He understands that your legal matter is important and is dedicated to seeking the best possible results for you
  • Quality representation. Scott Batey believes that individuals and corporate entities involved in employment law cases need results-oriented, client-focused representation.
  • Creative solutions. After more than two decades of client in Southeast Michigan, the Batey Law Firm has discovered creative solutions to numerous legal problems. Scott Batey is talented and knowledgeable in all areas of his practice and pursues every avenue available to work toward a positive outcome for his clients.

Available to help Michigan residents with employment law issues

The specialized and sophisticated practice of the Batey Law Firm includes every aspect of employment law:

  •    Employment law

  •    Wrongful termination

  •    Workplace discrimination

  •    Sexual harassment

  •    Whistleblowers

  •    Retaliations

  •    Business litigation

  •    Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

  •    American with Disabilities (AFA)

  •    Separation Agreements

  •    Severance Packages

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Contact an experienced Employment Law attorney for a free initial consultation

The Batey Law Firm, PLLC is dedicated to every aspect of employment law and has helped clients throughout Michigan recover the full and fair compensation they deserve. Scott Batey is available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and can come to you if necessary. Flexible appointments are available, including evenings and weekends. The Batey Law Firm is located within 20 minutes of Federal Court, the Wayne County Court and the Oakland County Circuit Court, and within an hour of all state and federal courts in Southeastern Michigan. Contact the office today at (248) 540-6800 or online to schedule a free initial consultation.


The Batey Law Firm, PLLC focuses on helping businesses and individuals throughout Michigan and offers clients extensive experience in all areas of employment law, a wide range of knowledge and a vast network of resources. Scott Batey is an experienced litigator who understands business and does everything in his power to help you succeed in your case.

Mr. Batey handles hundreds of employment law cases for individuals who have been treated unfairly in the workplace. He is an expert in Michigan employment and business law and the trial court system. The Batey Law Firm is dedicated to providing businesses and individuals with quality representation in the following areas of employment law:

  • Workplace discrimination. According to the Michigan Bar Association, federal law regarding workplace discrimination is based on three primary statues: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 USC 1981 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). Michigan state law further protects employees with the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, which covers all employers and prohibits discriminatory practices, policies and customs based upon one's religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, familial status or marital status. The Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act also protects employees from retaliation by employers.
  • Family & Medical Leave Act. According to the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA), all persons employed in the United States may request up to 12 weeks of leave each year for eligible personal and medical reasons, or up to 26 weeks of "military caregiver leave." Employers may not discriminate against employees for exercising their rights granted by FMLA, but they may try through tactics such as wrongful termination.
  • Sexual harassment. Victims of sexual harassment in Michigan have protections under both federal and Michigan state law.
  • Whistleblowers. Whistleblowers are also protected by federal and Michigan state law.
  • American with Disabilities. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications

If you believe you are a Michigan victim of job discrimination for any reason, including race, ethnicity, religion or gender, Scott Batey can help. Contact the Batey Law Firm, PLLC today at (248) 540-6800or online to set up a meeting in the office or at a location convenient for you.


Employment Attorney Fighting Against Wrongful Termination

Assisting you with your wrongful termination case in throughout entire State of Michigan

Employment litigation and personal injury litigation are sophisticated areas of practice that are ever changing and require an attorney with the skill, knowledge and expertise necessary to get maximum value for your case. Attorney Scott Batey has the knowledge to provide aggressive litigation in your wrongful termination case.

The Batey Law Firm, PLLC has nearly two decades of experience fighting and winning wrongful termination cases. Scott Batey has represented hundreds of businesses and individuals and is fully prepared to assist you with a broad range of workplace discrimination issues.

Michigan employment lawyer fights wrongful termination due to race, gender and religious discrimination

Michigan employers may hire or fire employees for any legitimate reason, but they may not discriminate based on race, age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religious beliefs. A non-exhaustive list of grounds for a wrongful termination case includes:

  • Retaliation. An employer might attempt to illegally retaliate against an employee for making a request covered by the FMLA, a worker's compensation claim, or for "blowing the whistle" on improper employment or business practices. This retaliation is illegal under both federal and Michigan state law.

The Batey Law Firm, PLLC has more than two decades of experience tenaciously fighting for extraordinary results for clients involved in wrongful termination suits. Scott Batey can help you, too. Contact him today at (248) 540-6800or through his online contact form to discuss your employment rights in Michigan.


Aggressive Michigan Attorney Litigates Workplace Discrimination Cases

Michigan law firm dedicated to equality & fairness in the workplace

Employers in Michigan and throughout the United States may hire and fire employees "at will." This is often referred to as the "terminable at will" rule. Despite this rule, a company cannot terminate or discipline an employee because of the employee’s age, race, gender, height, weight or disability. In addition, an employer cannot terminate or take adverse employment action against an employee who refuse to engage in a sexual relationship or has complained about sexual harassment. An experienced, knowledgeable Employment lawyer can still protect rights and make sure the termination was not illegal.

The Batey Law Firm, PLLC can provide valuable advice in this area. A knowledgeable attorney can inform you of certain exceptions to this rule, including:

  • Public policy exception. Employers may not discharge employees in violation of explicit and well-established policies covered by federal or state law, such as for filing a worker's compensation claim or for refusing to break known laws at the employer's request.
  • Implied-contract exception.  Although many positions do not involve an express written contract between an employer and an employee, an employer may make certain oral or written statements to be followed if an adverse employment situation arises. These statements are considered an "implied contract" of employment in 38 of 50 states, including Michigan.
  • Covenant of good faith exception.  Although the federal government recognizes this exception, which is based on the assumption that a "covenant of good faith and fair dealing" is implied in every employment relationship, Michigan does not recognize this exception.

Fighting workplace discrimination throughout Michigan

Areas of job discrimination recognized by Michigan law include:

  • Discrimination. The following is a list of examples of discrimination that are always illegal in Michigan and at the federal level:
  •    Race discrimination

  •    Gender discrimination

  •    Age discrimination

  •    Pregnancy discrimination

  •    Religious discrimination

  •    Ethnic discrimination

  •    Familial discrimination

  •    Genetic discrimination

  •    Discrimination based on disability

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Protected classes under Michigan law

Classes protected from discrimination under Michigan law include race, color, national origin, religion, sex/gender (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), disability (physical or mental), age, genetic information, marital status, AIDS/HIV status, height or weight, and misdemeanor arrest records.

If you believe that you may have a valid case involving workplace discrimination in Michigan, you may feel confused, anxious, and even alone. Scott Batey employs creative thinking and targeted strategies for workplace discrimination cases.

Contact Scott Batey, a workplace discrimination attorney, for a free consultation

Contact the Batey Law Firm, PLLC at (248) 540-6800or online today to discuss your workplace discrimination case..


Experienced Sexual Harassment Attorney Serving All Michigan

Fighting sexual harassment cases with fierce determination

Sexual harassment can be very subtle. It may start with a seemingly innocent compliment about a person's appearance, but may escalate into something dangerous and sinister. Sexual harassment is not limited by gender; both males and females may be victims or perpetrators of workplace sexual harassment.

Scott Batey founded the Batey Law Firm, PLLC with hard work and a dedication to ensuring that small businesses, large corporations and employees understand and engage in fair work practices. He has the knowledge and persistence to fight for the rights of clients involved in sexual harassment claims.

What constitutes sexual harassment in Michigan?

It is imperative that both employers and employees understand what constitutes sexual harassment in the state of Michigan and throughout the country. In essence, sexual harassment occurs if someone is threatened by some type of workplace retaliation, a hostile work environment or job loss based on noncompliance with requests of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment often involves a quid pro quo request. In other words, "Do this for me, or else suffer the consequences" is implied or stated in some manner. An example of sexual harassment is an employee viewing graphic material online in full view of other employees. Sexual harassment may occur between employers and employees or among colleagues at work. Sexual harassment against men or women is always against Michigan state and federal law.

If you believe that sexual harassment has occurred at your place of employment in Michigan, you have the right to fight back. But situations involving suspected sexual harassment can be very confusing and frightening, especially if an employee is faced with retaliation or some other kind of workplace discrimination for refusing sexual advances. An experienced sexual harassment attorney like Scott Batey can be a tremendous help in determining whether a valid case of sexual harassment exists and can employ effective strategies about how and when to proceed.

Schedule a free consultation with Attorney Scott Batey today regarding your sexual harassment matter

If you believe that sexual harassment may have occurred in your workplace, speak up. The Batey Law Firm, PLLC has been helping citizens of Southeast Michigan fight sexual harassment cases for nearly two decades. Call (248) 540-6800or contact Scott Batey online today to discuss your concerns.


Skilled Whistleblower/Qui Tam Attorney Protects Your Rights in Michigan

If an employer asks an employee to engage in any sort of illegal activity, that employee's right to "blow the whistle" on the employer's misconduct is fully protected under federal and Michigan state law.

The Batey Law Firm, PLLC works with employees who expose wrongdoing on the part employers. The employer's actions may include:

  •    Tax fraud/underreporting income

  •    Overcharging or overbilling customers or the government

  •    Healthcare fraud (Medicare, Medicaid,
    Affordable Healthcare Act/"Obamacare")

  •    Insurance fraud

  •    Pension fraud

  •    Bid fixing

  •    Illegal dumping (polluting the environment)

  •    

Michigan's Whistleblowers' Protection Act of 1980 subjects employers to legal action and monetary fines for violations.

If you are considering lodging a whistleblower suit against an employer, the Batey Law Firm, PLLC is available to protect your rights and aggressively fight your case. Contact Scott Batey today at (248) 540-6800 or online to discuss your rights.


Aggressive Employment Law Attorney Helps Clients Fight Workplace Retaliation

The Batey Law Firm, PLLC vigorously protects the rights of workers and employers in Michigan

Did you know that employers may not retaliate against employees for opposing practices deemed unlawful by any Michigan state or federal law, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act?

The Batey Law Firm, PLLC can help you if you are a victim of workplace retaliation. An attorney well-versed in the related laws can ensure that your rights are protected and help you file a claim.

What constitutes workplace retaliation in Michigan?

The state of Michigan and the federal government essentially use the same definitions for retaliation in the workplace. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), retaliation occurs "when an employer, employment agency, or labor organization takes an adverse action against a covered individual because he or she engaged in a protected activity." An explanation of the EEOC's terms follows:

Adverse action.  An adverse action is something done to try to keep someone from opposing a discriminatory practice or from participating in an employment discrimination proceeding. Examples of adverse actions include:

  • Employment actions, such as termination, refusal to hire and denial of promotion
  • Threats, unjustified negative evaluations and references, and increased surveillance
  • Any other action, such as an assault or unfounded civil or criminal charges, that is likely to deter reasonable people from pursuing their rights

Adverse actions do not include petty slights and annoyances, such as stray negative comments in an otherwise positive or neutral evaluation, "snubbing" a colleague, or negative comments that are justified by an employee's poor work performance or history.

Covered individuals.  Covered individuals are people who have opposed unlawful practices, participated in proceedings or requested accommodations related to employment discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age or disability. Individuals who have a close association with someone who has engaged in such protected activity are also covered individuals. For example, it is illegal to terminate an employee because the employee's spouse participated in employment discrimination litigation.

Individuals who have brought attention to violations of law other than employment discrimination are not covered individuals for purposes of antidiscrimination retaliation laws. For example, whistleblowers who raise ethical, financial or other concerns unrelated to employment discrimination are not protected by the EEOC-enforced laws.

Protected activities.  These include:

  • Opposition to a practice believed to be unlawful discrimination
  • Participation in an employment discrimination proceeding
  • A request for a reasonable accommodation based on religion or disability

Contact the Batey Law Firm, PLLC regarding workplace retaliation claims throughout Michigan

Contact the Batey Law Firm, PLLC at (248) 540-6800 or online today to discuss your concerns about retaliation in the workplace. An initial consultation is always free and confidential.


Protecting your right to care for yourself and your loved ones

If you or a loved one is seriously ill or injured, your rights to care for yourself and your family are protected by the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Troy-area employment law attorney Scott Batey is available to help families in Michigan exercise these important civil rights whenever the need arises.

The Batey Law Firm, PLLC can protect your rights. A skilled FMLA lawyer can assist you with filing a claim.

How does the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) affect my family in Michigan?

According to the federal Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA), all persons employed in the United States may request several months of unpaid leave each year for personal and medical reasons. The FMLA covers the following:

Up to 12 workweeks of leave  may be requested in a 12-month period for:

  • The birth of a child and to care for the newborn child within one year of birth
  • The placement of a child for adoption or foster care and to care for the newly placed child within one year of placement
  • The care of the employee's spouse, child or parent who has a serious health condition
  • A serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform essential job functions
  • Any qualifying exigency arising from the fact that the employee's spouse, son, daughter or parent is a covered military member on "covered active duty

Up to 26 workweeks of leave  may be requested during a single 12-month period to care for a covered member of the military service with a serious injury or illness if the eligible employee is the service member's spouse, son, daughter, parent or next of kin ("military caregiver leave")

Can an employer deny a request under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) ?

As long as the terms outlined in the Family Medical Leave Act are met, an employer may not deny FMLA leave to any employee, nor may an employer engage in retaliation or workplace discrimination against any employee who requests it.

Get help with FMLA leave requests in Southeast Michigan

ATTORNEYS

Scott P. Batey


Mr. Batey is the founding member the Batey Law Firm, PLLC. He received his J.D. from the Michigan State University College of Law in 1995. His undergraduate degree, a B.A. in Political Science is from the University of Michigan. Mr. Batey represents clients in all types of civil litigation, specializing in employment and business matters. He also maintains a practice advising clients in the entertainment industry in commercial transactions and sophisticated business litigation.

Mr. Batey has practiced law in Southeastern Michigan since 1996, and has litigated cases throughout the United States. He also assists clients in business organization and planning. He has extensive litigation experience and is frequently sought after by other attorneys seeking his assistance in litigating their cases.

In addition to his business and litigation practice, Mr. Batey is active in the legal community and an advisor to many of his business clients.

Education

J.D., Michigan State University College of Law, 1995
B.A., University of Michigan, 1992
Major: Political Science

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

All State Courts in the State of Michigan
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan
U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Birmingham-Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce
Oakland County Bar Association
American Bar Association
State Bar of Michigan
Michigan Association of Justice

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Batey Law Firm

30200 Telegraph Rd.
Suite 400
Bingham Farms 48025
Phone: 248-540-6800
Fax: 248-540-6814