Late yesterday, the Employment Equal Opportunity Commission overwhelmingly ruled that employers cannot discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. This ruling will have an enormous impact—there’s no doubt.
But there’s one place it won’t have an impact—and that’s under Michigan law. In our state, there are still NO explicit protections for sexual orientation and gender identity.
This ruling is not binding on businesses with fewer than 15 employees and it doesn’t change the fact that under Michigan law, LGBT people can still face discrimination in housing or at a hotel or restaurant. Only an update to Michigan law can bridge this gap.
To make it worse? Fringe lawmakers are working around the clock to advance a “license to discriminate” RFRA bill—legislation that would make it even easier to discriminate against LGBT Michiganders.
Our state lawmakers and Governor Snyder need to know: With or without the EEOC ruling, the people of Michigan oppose discrimination—and it’s time for our laws to reflect our values.
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