Sexual Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Racial Discrimination & Age Discrimination


Table of Contents

  1. General Information
  2. What should I do if I believe my rights are being violated?
  3. Must I report a violation to a governmental agency before starting suit?

General Information

In the State of Michigan the Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Act as well as federal legislation protects individuals from sexual harassment, sexual discrimination, age discrimination and race discrimination.

In many instances it is advantageous to proceed under the Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Act as opposed to proceeding under federal law. Under the Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Act a person shall not:

a. Aid, abet, insight, compel or coerce a person to engage in a violation of the Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Act;

b. Attempt to directly or indirectly to commit an act prohibited by the Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Act;

c. Willfully obstruct or prevent a person or persons from complying with the Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Act.

It is further a violation of the Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Act if persons enter into an agreement or conspiracy to violate the Act.

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What should I do if I believe my rights are being violated?

If you feel your are the victim of unlawful discrimination in Michigan it is important that you meet with an attorney as soon as possible. During my more than twenty (20) years of practice I have found it invaluable to be able to counsel clients as soon as they are the subject of unlawful discriminatory practices.

There are many advantages to consulting with an attorney at the onset of the problem. To begin with you can work with your attorney to preserve valuable evidence. Often times witnesses who will later come under pressure not to assist you will be more helpful prior to a lawsuit being filed.

In many instances it is necessary to make a report with your employer to preserve your rights against your employer. This is important because often times the employee who is responsible for the wrongful act is not collectible. If one is to hold the employer responsible for the employees actions, in most cases, the employer must have an opportunity to correct the situation.

In some situations it is not necessary to first report the incident prior to holding the employer responsible for the employees actions. These incidents usually involve intentional acts by a person in a supervisory position.

This is a very active area in the law. There are many cases pending which can have an important affect on your ability to pursue a law suit. It is important to consult with an attorney to know your rights and to properly prepare your case.

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Must I report a violation to a governmental agency before starting suit?

Under most federal laws it is necessary to report a violation to a federal agency and to have it investigated prior to commencing suit. In Michigan, under the Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Act, it is not necessary to do so. You may proceed directly to court and may also be entitled to attorney fees.

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