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Michigan town adopts non-discrimination ordinance

The small village of Oshtemo Township in the state of Michigan adopted a non-discrimination ordinance on Aug. 27 that will soon take place in the local town's workforce. A vote of 6 to 1 was able to capture the success of this ordinance, which many are calling a step in the right direction. According to the town's law, the ordinance must be published within three days and will come into effect 30 days after that.

At least two people spoke in opposition of the ordinance, whereas five individuals spoke in support. Some of the supportive members pointed out that there are no LGBT anti-discrimination laws in effect either statewide or nationally. This, along with other points, helped to sway the decision of the voters. The ordinance would outlaw discrimination for a number of categories in housing, employment and public accommodation.

Those who spoke in support of the legal ordinance also claim that younger generations want to live in communities that are diverse and inclusive. Supporters also claim that the non-discrimination ordinance would send a message about the town's openness and tolerance toward others.

Though many types of employment discrimination have been outlawed in the United States, complaints of discrimination still persist. Attorneys working in workplace discrimination may help clients by explaining the anti-discrimination laws in their jurisdiction. Some workers may seek compensation for employment discrimination based on protected traits such as age, race or religion. Attorneys may also aid in filing discrimination lawsuits against previous or current employers whom they feel treated their clients unlawfully in the workplace environment.

Source: M Live, "Oshtemo Township adopts non-discrimination ordinance", Fran Wilcox, August 27, 2013

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