Michigan Racial Discrimination: What you need to know

The Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination because of race or color (MI Comp. Laws Sec. 37.2101et seq.). The Act applies to all employers. Under the Act, it is unlawful for an employer to:
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• Fail or refuse to hire, or to discharge any individual, or to discriminate against any individual with respect to compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of race or color.
• Limit, segregate, or classify employees in any way that would deprive or tend to deprive any individual of employment opportunities, or to otherwise adversely affect his or her status as an employee because of race or color.
• Discriminate against any individual in admission to or the employment in any program established to provide apprenticeship or other training or retraining, including an on-the-job training program.
• Print or publish any notice or advertisement, or use any application form indicating any preference, limitation, specification, or distinction based on race or color.
• Require, request, or suggest that a person retaliate against, interfere with, intimidate, or discriminate against a person because that person has opposed any practice made unlawful by the Act, or because that person has made a charge, testified, assisted, or participated in any manner in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing under the Act.
• Aid, compel, or coerce the doing of any of the acts forbidden under the Act, or to attempt to do so.
Exception for seniority or merit systems. An employer may apply different standards of compensation, or different terms, conditions, or privileges of employment pursuant to a bona fide seniority or merit system (MI Comp. Laws Sec. 37.2211).
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