Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Municipal ordinances or employment policies may extend discrimination protections to include sexual orientation. Moreover, employment laws that have protected others against sexual stereotyping apply equally to gay, lesbian or bisexual employees. This means that discrimination based on stereotypes about how men and women should act or look is illegal sex discrimination.

Sex discrimination laws protect employees when they have been fired or discriminated against because they are "not manly enough," "not feminine enough," or simply "don't fit in" based on preconceived sexual stereotypes.

If you are a gay, lesbian, bisexual or a transsexual employee, you should know that there are laws that protect you. Our lawyers are dedicated allies who will fight for the civil rights and employment rights of all employees regardless of sexual orientation.

Kalamazoo Has A Nondiscrimination Ordinance

In 2009, Kalamazoo passed Ordinance 1856, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment, housing and places of public accommodation. With passage of 1856, Kalamazoo joins nearly 20 other Michigan municipalities, such as Detroit, Lansing, Ferndale, East Lansing and Grand Rapids, all of which have passed nondiscrimination ordinances that outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation. It ensures that LGBT people cannot be fired, denied housing or otherwise discriminated against in the city of Kalamazoo.

Nondiscrimination ordinances vary widely in the available enforcement mechanism. In Kalamazoo, the ordinance is enforced through a complaint to the city manager. In other cities such as Ann Arbor, the ordinance allows a victim of discrimination to file on their own behalf in court.

Contact Us

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact us. From offices in Ann Arbor, Birmingham, Traverse City and Toledo, the attorneys of NachtLaw serve communities throughout the states of Michigan and Ohio.

  • Super Lawyers
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Distinguished TM AV - LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell PeerReview Rated For Ethical Standards And Legal Ability