Michigan Anti-Discrimination Law (Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act)

Employment DiscriminationThe Michigan Court of Appeals sent a strong message that employment lawsuits should not be analogous to a Rorschach test, i.e., subject to interpretation.

Instead, there are certain fundamental pleading requirements that must be alleged in order to state a claim; Failing to follow these requirements may result in a dismissal of the claim. The decision also highlights an important distinction between race-based discrimination and a hostile work environment based on race.


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Discrimination Underlined.jpgThis may be premature speculation, but it appears the Michigan Department of Civil Rights – the agency responsible for handling charges of discrimination against Michigan employers – has slightly revised its claims handling procedures.

Employment Discrimination Claims and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights

Specifically, an employee or job applicant may file a complaint with

Cheat Sheet.jpgEmployment discrimination under Michigan or federal law can be a very complex and nuanced. The following is an overview of important points employers need to be aware of under Michigan’s employment discrimination statute:

Employment Discrimination Under Michigan Law 

For Michigan employers the primary state statute that prohibits workplace discrimination is Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights

Shareholder Agreement.jpgA recent Michigan Court of Appeals Opinion has significant impact on small businesses, employment discrimination claims, and arbitration agreements. This decision is likely to especially impact professional businesses such as law firms and doctors groups.

Specifically, in Hall v Stark Reagan, P.C., two former law partners were forced out of their professional corporation after

Muslim Prayers.jpgThis week marked the beginning of Ramadan, which is the Islamic month of fasting. Participating Muslims generally refrain from eating and drinking during daylight hours. Ramadan is intended to teach Muslims about patience, spirituality, humility and submissiveness to God.

It is also a good reminder for the need to understand restrictions against religious discrimination

Changing Gears.jpgA Flint jury recently awarded $535,000 to a white former employee wrongfully fired after making a racial comment. This verdict also highlights important differences when it comes to reverse discrimination claims under Michigan and federal law.

For background, Mr. Craig Hecht, a former charter school teacher, was fired from Linden Charter for undisputedly telling another employee that