The Detroit Branch NAACP Allies, Issues, and Action meeting took place on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. The speaker for the day was Attorney Sylvia Elliot, Director of Legal Affairs for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. Atty. Elliot used the opportunity to educate the guest on how the Michigan Department of Civil Rights can protect citizens against discrimination and to announce that 2014 is the 50th Anniversary of the
creation of the Human Rights Commission in Michigan. Atty. Elliot shared the areas of which Michigan Law prohibits discrimination, which are employment, education, housing, public accommodation, law enforcement, or public service based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, marital status, height, weight, arrest record, genetic information, and familial status.
Atty. Elliot discussed the rising concern of sexual harassment complaints that are being reported by young adults in workplaces, especially amongst young women. In an era where jobs are hard to come by, young people are being taken advantage and afraid to share their stories due to fear of losing their employment. The rising amount complaints are being aggressively handled by the Department. She also spoke of the Department’s work for members of the death and hard of hearing community. She expressed that currently there are no rules for who can be an interpreter for these individuals and it can lead to not having the best representation for legal or medical matters.
To contact the Michigan Department of Civil Rights you can visit their website at www.mdcr.org