The Michigan Civil Rights Act prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of national origin. Practices that discriminate against immigrants legally eligible to work in the United States may constitute national origin discrimination within the meaning of the Act. The Act covers employers with one or more employees (MI Comp. Laws Sec. 37.2102et seq.).
Citizenship requirements that are made a condition of employment discriminate on the basis of national origin in violation of the state law. Inquiries about a person's citizenship or country of birth are unlawful and imply discrimination on the basis of national origin.
The Michigan Department of Civil Rights enforces the Act. The Department has the power to receive, initiate, investigate, conciliate, adjust, and dispose of complaints; issue subpoenas; hold hearings; and enforce its orders in state court. Remedies include ordering cease-and-desist orders; hiring, reinstatement, or upgrading of employees (with or without back pay); and the payment of wages including reasonable attorney's fees.