While same-sex marriage may now be legal in Michigan and across the United States, federal and state anti-discrimination laws are still murky as to whether they protect against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Fans of the Detroit Lions are paying close attention to the team and the National Football League this time of year. While the regular season doesn't begin until after Labor Day, this is the time of year when NFL teams determine what their squads will look like in the fall: some veteran players are released, some free agents are signed, and teams interview potential draft picks to determine if they might like to call their names when the draft takes place this spring.
Recently, news broke that the Boy Scouts of America is considering revisiting its longstanding ban on allowing gay scouts and scoutmasters. This news has attracted quite a bit of attention because the Boy Scouts is an iconic U.S. organization and this policy has been attacked as anti-gay and discriminatory.
Here in Michigan, sexual orientation is not a protected class. That means that employers are not explicitly prohibited from discriminating against gay and bisexual men and women in the same way that they are prohibited from discriminating against people on the basis of sex or age, which are protected classes.