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Michigan Government Contractors: What you need to know

Under the Michigan Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act, it is an unlawful employment practice for any employer that contracts or subcontracts with the state to discriminate against an applicant or employee based on a disability that is unrelated to the individual's ability to perform the duties of a particular job (MI Comp. Laws Sec. 37.1209).
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Under the state's Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, it is an unlawful employment practice for an employer that contracts or subcontracts with the state to discriminate against an applicant or employee based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, or marital status. The law specifies that violation of this provision is considered a breach of contract (MI Comp. Laws Sec. 37.2209).
The Business Opportunity Act for Persons with Disabilities sets a goal for the state of awarding at least 3 percent of total expenditures for construction, goods, and services (not counting awards to sole-source vendors) to businesses owned by the disabled (MI Comp. Laws Sec. 450.791 et seq.). The state Department of Civil Rights certifies businesses owned by persons with disabilities.
The Division of Minority Enterprise assists with contract procurement from state agencies for minority businesses (MI Comp. Laws Sec. 125.1221 et seq.). The state Department of Civil Rights certifies businesses as either a minority or women-owned business enterprise.

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