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Communities with Human Rights Ordinances
To date, 23 cities, villages, and townships across Michigan have adopted ordinances aimed at protecting the rights of individuals regardless of their sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. The ordinances tend to cover housing, hiring practices, public accommodation, and city contracts. Some only cover the creation of a commission while some only cover housing. East Lansing was a pioneer in protecting against discrimination in 1972, being the first municipality in the nation to prohibit discriminating in its hiring practices based on sexual orientation.
Ann Arbor: Has established a human rights commission and covers employment and housing. See Chapter 112.
Battle Creek: An ordinance to protect against discrimination including discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
Birmingham: 2002 ordinance covers discrimination involving sexual orientation in regards to housing. See Chapter 66, article 2.
Dearborn Heights: In 2005, created a Community and Cultural Relations Committee to address cross cultural collaboration and discrimination. See Chapter 2-581
Detroit: Over 40-year-old ordinance protects residents in employment, housing, public accommodations, education and medical care facilities, and establishes Human Rights Department where complaints are to be filed and addressed. See Chapter 27.
Village of Douglas: Passed in 1995 and covers employment, housing and public accommodations.See Chapter 91.
East Lansing: Pioneering and wide reaching covering discrimination related to gender identity or expression.
Ferndale: See Chapter 28.
Flint: Ordinance dates to 1977 and offers protection for sexual orientation in employment, housing, public accommodations and education, as well as establishes a Human Rights department for handling complaints. See Chapter 24-9.
Grand Ledge has a “policy” that is not legally enforceable, that includes sexual orientation as a protected class. The policy was established in the form of a resolution adopted by city council which covers employment, housing, and participation in federal, state, and locally funded programs.
Huntington Woods: Adopted in 2001, the ordinance covers discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations and includes acts related to sexual orientation and gender identity.
Kalamazoo: Ordinance covers employment, housing, and public accommodations and the city manager may investigate complaints regarding discrimination while the city attorney has authority to file a lawsuit.
Lansing: Ordinance covers employment, housing, and public accommodations and public services. See Chapter 297.
Linden: An ordinance to protect against discrimination including discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity, with exemptions for religious institutions and establishments not open to the public
Muskegon: Ordinance covers housing.
Pleasant Ridge: Ordinance covers housing, employment, public accommodations.
Saginaw: Covers discrimination in housing and includes sexual orientation. See Chapter 93.
Saugatuck: Ordinance covers employment, housing, public accommodations and public services. See Chapter 130.
Traverse City: Passed in 2010, the ordinance covers discrimination, including sexual orientation and gender identity, in employment, housing, and public accommodations.
Union Township: See Part 154.
Ypsilanti: Adopted in 1997, covers employment, housing, and public accommodations.