Monday, May 21, 2018

Michigan Civil Rights Commission Says Existing Law Covers LGBT Discrimination

The Detroit Free Press reports that at its meeting today, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, by a vote of 5-0-1, agreed to expand its interpretation of the state's Larsen Civil Rights Act to cover discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  The Commission will treat discrimination on these grounds in employment, education, housing, real estate, public accommodations and public service as violations of the existing law. The Commission will begin accepting complaints reflecting this new interpretation starting tomorrow.  The state attorney general's office, however, takes the position that this kind of expansion of coverage required legislative action.