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Communities with Human Rights Ordinances


As of September 2018, more than 40 local governments 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 municipal contracts. In 1972, the city of East Lansing became the first municipality in the nation to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in hiring practices.

Below are sample human rights ordinances from across the state:

These ordinances include statues on discrimination in housing, public accommodations, and employment.


Creation of an Anti-Discrimination Board or Commission

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