Unlawful discrimination in any work place can cause emotional as well as financial sufferings for the victim along with his or her family. If this has happened to you or a loved one, reach out to job discrimination lawyers to help fight against unlawful discrimination.
Michigan State and Federal Employment Discrimination Laws
Employers are strictly prohibited from discriminating anyone in the workplace according to the United States Federal employment discrimination laws. The following factors include:
- Age (40 years and older)
- Citizenship status
- National Orgin
- Sex (which includes medical conditions, childbirth, or pregnancy)
- Genetic information
- Physical disability
According to Michigan Law, it is illegal discriminate against both mental and physical disabilities. In addition to those, it is also prohibited to discriminate against marital status, a misdemeanor criminal record, AIDS or HIV, and height or weight.
How do I know if these Discrimination Rules Apply to my Employer?
Every company with one or more employees must follow the state’s anti-discrimination laws according to Michigan law. Any company that contains fifteen or more employees must follow Michigan’s Federal anti-discrimination law. However, there are certain exemptions that include:
- Equal pay for men and women (applies to all employers)
- Citizenship status discrimination (applies to all employers with four or more employees)
- Age discrimination (employers with twenty or more employees)
In what Areas of Employment is Discrimination Prohibited
Discrimination in the factors listed above are forbidden in all of the following:
- Job assignment
The Federal law states that harassment in the workplace based on religion, color, disability, race, sex, national origin, age, or genetic information is strictly prohibited. Retaliation against any individual for filing a complaint on discrimination, participating in the investigation, or opposing any discriminatory practices are also forbidden. Making employment decisions based on assumptions about the abilities, traits, or performance of any employee or a particular ethnic group, sex, or religion is illegal as well.
Denying employment opportunities based on marriage to individual of a certain race, religion, disability, or national origin is forbidden under Federal Law. According to Title VII, It is also illegal to discriminate based on participation in places of worship or schools connected to a particular religious group.
We want to help you fight this discrimination if you have faced any that is illegal under Federal or Michigan State law.