Michigan Sex Discrimination laws & HR compliance analysis

Michigan Sex Discrimination: What you need to know

The Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act prohibits employers from discriminating against applicants or employees on the basis of sex or marital status (MI Comp. Laws Sec. 37.2201 et seq.). Sexual harassment is expressly included in the definition of discrimination on the basis of sex (MI Comp. Laws Sec. 37.2103). The Act covers employers with one or more employees.
The Act also prohibits employers from treating individuals affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions differently than individuals who are not so affected but who are similar in their ability or inability to work. All employment-related purposes are covered. The law does not cover a medical condition related to a nontherapeutic abortion not intended to save the life of the mother.
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Sexual harassment is a form of unlawful sex discrimination. Sexual harassment means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature where submission to or rejection of such conduct is made a term or condition of employment. Other forms of sexual harassment are where such conduct has the effect of substantially interfering with an individual's employment (MI Comp. Laws Sec. 37.2103 et seq.).
Same-sex harassment. The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that Michigan's civil rights law also protects employees from same-sex harassment (Robinson v. Ford Motor Co., 277 Mich. App. 146 (Mich. Ct. Appeals 2007)).
Public employers. All state agencies are required to disseminate information regarding the nature of sexual harassment and how it may be prevented in the workplace.
The Michigan Workforce Opportunity Wage Act that prohibits employers from paying ...

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