Michigan Religious Discrimination laws & HR compliance analysis

Michigan Religious Discrimination: What you need to know

The Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination because of religion (MI Comp. Laws Sec. 37.2201 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, to discharge any individual, or to discriminate against any individual with respect to terms, compensation, conditions, or privileges of employment because of religion.
• 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 religion.
• Discriminate against any individual in admission to or 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 religion.
• Make any inquiry or use any application form that elicits, or attempts to elicit, information about an individual's religion, or to make a record of or disclose such information.
• 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.
• Violate an order issued by the state Civil Rights Commission.
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