How can I report workplace harassment or discrimination in Michigan?

Zach Russell
Zach Russell

The Michigan Civil Service Commission Rules define discriminatory harassment as follows: 

Discriminatory harassment means unwelcome advances, requests for favors, and other verbal or physical conduct or communication based on race, national origin, color, sex, disability, religion, age, height, weight, familial status, partisan considerations, or genetic information. Sex-based discrimination includes, but is not limited to, discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sex characteristics and pregnancy.

Sexual and other discriminatory workplace harassment can be reported to the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS). Reports of harassment towards self or when witnessed by another employee or client should be reported within 180 calendar days of the alleged incident(s) to A Confidential Discriminatory Harassment Report form can be downloaded here.

MDHHS encourages victims to report all forms of employment harassment to a supervisor (unless they are the harasser), human resources director, or other person designated by the employer. The employer has to know about the alleged harassment in order to stop it and prevent further harassment. 

Retaliation for reporting harassment or assisting in an investigation violates both federal and Michigan state civil rights law. 

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