Michigan Age Discrimination laws & HR compliance analysis

Michigan Age Discrimination: What you need to know

The Michigan Civil Rights Act (officially known as the "Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act") prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of age, without specifying an age limit (MI Comp. Laws Sec. 37.2101 et 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 recruit, discharge any individual, or discriminate against any individual with respect to compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because of age.
• Limit, segregate, or classify employees in any way that would deprive or tend to deprive any individual of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect his or her status as an employee because of age.
• 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 age.
• Retaliate or discriminate against a person who 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.
• Willfully interfere with the Michigan Civil Rights Commission or violate a Commission order.
Unlike the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act, which only protects persons 40 years of age or older, the Michigan law also protects younger workers from age-based ...

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