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What Is Marital Discrimination In Michigan?

The Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act protects Michigan employees from discrimination due to marital status, but this rule’s application is not always as straightforward as it seems.

A federal court applying Michigan law found that an employer’s “no spouse” rule prohibiting the hiring of an employee’s spouse does not violate Michigan’s workplace discrimination statute. Similarly, the Court of Appeals of Michigan ruled that there was no marital discrimination violation when a university denied a student who was married to a departmental chairman admission to a doctoral program.

In essence, Michigan’s prohibition of marital status discrimination applies to situations where an employer makes a decision based upon whether a job applicant or employee is married or single. This often involves situations where an employer denies employment or promotion to a woman because she is married and may decide to have children in the future.

How Our Workplace Discrimination Lawyers Can Help You

At Schwartz Law Firm, our employment law attorneys represent both employees and employers in discrimination cases. Our experience in helping both sides has given us a full perspective on employment law issues, allowing our workplace discrimination attorneys to foresee the opposition’s arguments and create a winning strategy for your case.

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To discuss your marital status discrimination case with one of our skilled attorneys in a free initial consultation, call Schwartz Law Firm at 888-757-1681 or contact us online.