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Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin and prohibits retaliation against a person who makes a complaint. Enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and by state agencies in states which have comparable civil rights laws, Title VII applies to employers with 15 or more employees and requires the display of a poster explaining rights under the Act.

Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act was passed in the State of Michigan “to define civil rights; to prohibit discriminatory practices, policies, and customs in the exercise of those rights based upon religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, familial status, or marital status; to preserve the confidentiality of records regarding arrest, detention, or other disposition in which a conviction does not result; to prescribe the powers and duties of the civil rights commission and the department of civil rights; to provide remedies and penalties; to provide for fees; and to repeal certain acts and parts of acts.” This Act is more stringent than the Federal Law and therefore supersedes the Federal Law.

Q & A on Title VII and a display poster are available at

A copy of the legislation, as amended, can be accessed at

More information on the MI Elliott-Larsen Act can be found at: