Michigan Diversity laws & HR compliance analysis

Michigan Diversity: 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 religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), height, weight, disability, genetic information, or marital status (MI Comp. Laws Sec. 37.2101 et seq.). The Act applies to all employers, including employment agencies and labor unions.
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The Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) and the Civil Rights Commission both enforce the Civil Rights Act. MDCR provides outreach and education in collaboration with governmental units, community-based organizations, law enforcement, advocacy groups, educational institutions, and the private sector, including routine presentations on disability, diversity, sexual harassment for employees, sexual harassment for managers, and general civil rights law. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/mdcr.
Last reviewed January 2017.

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