LOGIN Request a call


Michigan Expands Anti-Discrimination Protections

25 Feb

Update Applicable to:Effective date
All employers with at least 1 worker in the state of Michigan91st day after final adjournment of 2023 regular session – February 13, 2024

What happened?

On March 1, 2023, the Michigan Senate passed SB 4, which expands anti-discrimination protections.

What are the details?

The expansion prohibits discrimination against both employees and applicants.

The Legislature added “sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, height, weight, and marital status” as protected categories under the statute, expanding the protected classes that are covered under the act.

Consider that the Michigan Supreme court includes sexual orientation and gender identity as a broader interpretation of sex, which is protected under the Act.

Business Considerations

  • Review your anti-discrimination policies to ensure they are inclusive of the expanded protected classes (sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, height, weight, and marital status)
  • Ensure your HR department provides this update to your management staff and schedule any necessary training for employees to mitigate risk.


Source References

Need help understanding how changes to employment laws will affect your business?

Learn more about how Vensure's Michigan PEO services can help you navigate complex employment laws and keep your business compliant.

This communication is intended solely for the purpose of conveying information. The present post might incorporate hyperlinks directing readers to websites managed by third-party entities. The inclusion of any links within this communication is meant to serve as points of reference and could encompass opinion articles from various law firms, articles from HR associations, official websites, news releases, and documents of government agencies, and other relevant third-party sources. Vensure has no authority over these external websites and bears no responsibility for their content. Furthermore, Vensure does not endorse the materials present on these websites. The contents of this communication should not be interpreted as legal advice or as a legal standpoint concerning specific facts or scenarios. Nor should it be deemed an exhaustive compilation of facts potentially pertinent to federal, state, or local laws. It is strongly advised that employers solicit legal guidance from an employment attorney when undertaking actions in response to any legal updates provided. This is due to the possibility of future alterations occurring in federal, state, and local laws, regulations, as well as the directives and guidelines issued by governing agencies. These changes may transpire at any given time, potentially rendering certain portions of the content within this update void or inaccurate.

Keep Your Business Compliant

Fill out the form below to receive monthly Employment Law Updates right in your inbox.

Keep Your Business Compliant

Fill out the form below to receive monthly Employment Law Updates right in your inbox.


You're all set.

Thanks for subscribing. Be on the look out for the Legal HR updates in your email.

Celebrating PEOs!

VensureHR joins the nationwide celebration, reflecting on an industry of excellence in providing payroll, employee benefits, compliance assistance, and HR services to thousands of SMBs across North America.

Tracking Convertion image