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Discrimination in Michigan

Employment discrimination is illegal under a number of federal and Michigan laws. If you think you've been the victim of discrimination, then an employment discrimination lawyer can help review your experience and file a complaint with the appropriate government agency.

When Do You Need an Employment Discrimination Lawyer?

Federal and Michigan laws make it illegal for employers to discriminate against certain groups of people, known as protected classes. It is illegal to discriminate against workers and job applicants on the basis of:

  • Gender
  • Race and skin color
  • Religion
  • Disability
  • National origin
  • Genetic information
  • Marital status
  • Pregnancy status
  • Age (if at least 40 years old)

You have a limited amount of time after discrimination occurs to take legal action against the employer. In Michigan, the time limit is 180 days from the last discriminatory act. Because of the short timeframe, you should speak to an employment discrimination lawyer as soon as possible.

By law, your job discrimination complaint must first be filed with an appropriate government agency. Usually this means either:

If the investigation finds in your favor, you may be entitled to job reinstatement, promotion or additional compensation. In some instances, you may be given a "release to sue," which authorizes you to file a civil lawsuit against the company in Michigan civil court. Your employment discrimination attorneys can help you file that lawsuit and represent you in court.

Find & Hire Local Michigan Discrimination Attorneys

Need help locating discrimination lawyers in Detroit, Grand Rapids or elsewhere in Michigan?'s free lawyer referral service can help connect you with labor and employment lawyers in your area. Fill out the form on this page or call us at 877-913-7222. After you answer a few brief questions, we'll match you with local lawyers.