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Filing Complaints of Discrimination
If you believe someone has discriminated against you in any of the areas protected by law, you or your representative may contact our nearest office for assistance. Contact may be made by telephone, in person, by US mail or by email. If you contact us by US mail or email, please include your name, address, and a telephone number where you can be reached during the day. A civil rights representative will answer your questions and advise you on filing a complaint or offer you other alternatives, as appropriate, to address your concern.
To File A Complaint
If you want to file a complaint, a civil rights representative will conduct an interview to decide whether your situation meets the jurisdictional requirements defined by law. You will be asked many questions, and your ability to provide the answers will make the process much easier. Please have the following information available:
If it is determined that your situation falls within the jurisdiction of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, the civil rights representative will, with your help, draft a complaint. You will be asked to sign the complaint, and swear or affirm before a Notary Public that the statement in the complaint is true to the best of your knowledge or belief. You will be given a copy of the complaint and a letter explaining what will happen next, and advising you of your rights under the Elliott-Larsen and/or Persons With Disabilities Civil Rights Act, and your responsibility to keep the Michigan Department of Civil Rights informed of your whereabouts and current on matters relating to your complaint.
A Complaint Is Not A Lawsuit
The Michigan Department of Civil Rights is an administrative agency representing the interest of the state. During the investigation of a complaint, the Department represents neither the claimant nor the responding party. It represents the best interest of the people of Michigan. Therefore, neither is a complaint a lawsuit for the claimant, nor are lawyers provided during the filing or investigative process.
If You Have Questions
If you have questions about this information, contact the Service Center for clarification by telephone, fax or email:
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