The Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act directs that state contracts contain a non-discrimination clause (covenant) indicating that the contractor and any subcontractors do not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment with respect to hire, tenure, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment. The Department of Civil Rights and the Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) prohibiting the award of state contracts over $100,000.00 to companies who are in violation of the Act.
The Contractor Review Unit was formed to establish standards and procedures for ensuring non-discrimination in the provision of programs, services, and funds that are available through the State of Michigan. Contractor Review Unit staff also evaluate applications of companies seeking certification as persons with disabilities enterprises.
Certificates of Awardability are issued to companies seeking to do business with the State by the unit. This certification assures that companies have demonstrated compliance with the non-discrimination requirements of state and federal law.