Discrimination refers to the unfair treatment of a person. In the U.S. and subsequently Michigan, there are regulations in place to prevent workers from unfair discrimination. Michigan law prohibits discrimination in employment, housing and public service, as described by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. 

Employers cannot discriminate against you for the following: 

  • Race or national origin 
  • Arrest records 
  • Marital status 
  • Religion 
  • Physical characteristics 
  • Disabilities 

Now, when referring to disabilities, an employer cannot deny you based on a disability if that disability does not interfere with the job. Additionally, if there are reasonable alterations that an employer can make, this is not a sufficient excuse. 

You have the right to equal employment opportunities. If a company denies you employment for any of the above reasons, you can report it to the Commission. Discrimination does not only include hiring practices. It also includes lesser payments, harassment, denied membership, denied promotions and firing without any cause. 

Another discriminating factor can be the sex of a person. Jobs must be open to men and women unless the sex of a person is a reasonable occupational qualification. For instance, employers cannot deny employment based on sexist assumptions or the preferences of her colleagues. Some employers may say that women cannot be aggressive or charming; they may say that they cannot handle night hours or physical labor. These are untrue stereotypes and an example of employee discrimination. 

The article above explains what it means for an employer to discriminate against an employee or potential employee. It is for educational purposes only and not intended to be legal advice.