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Various types of employment discrimination in Michigan

Employment discrimination is prohibited by law in Michigan. There are numerous policies, regulations and statutes prohibiting several types of discrimination at the workplace across the state.

Workplace discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, genetic information, national origin, disability and body structure are prohibited in the state, as well as the rest of the United States. Discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, remuneration, retaliation, sexual harassment and any other harassment is also explicitly prohibited by law.

Employment discrimination on the basis of race may involve treating an employee or a potential employee unfavorably or with bias because of his or her racial origins. Laws are in place in Michigan, which provide protection to individuals against discrimination on the basis of race.

If one candidate is favored over another because the former practices a more preferable religion according to the recruiter or employer, such behavior is also punishable by law.

Similarly, if an employer treats an employee less favorably because of his or her color, national origin, disability, height or weight, such treatment is illegal according to the law. In such cases the victim of workplace discrimination may initiate legal action against the discriminator.

Harassing an employee sexually by teasing or mocking, teasing a pregnant woman or commenting about her pregnant state in an unfavorable manner, and other forms of harassment and teasing which are patently wrong are also prohibited by the law.

Under these circumstances, the victim has several options and may not feel obliged to silently endure such harsh treatments in the workplace.

Source: EEOC.gov, "Discrimination by Type," Accessed on Jan.2, 2015

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