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Michigan Department of Civil Rights

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Michigan Department of Civil Rights

About MDCR

The mission of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, the operational arm of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, is enshrined in the Michigan Constitution: to investigate alleged discrimination and to secure the equal protection of civil rights. The Department fulfills its mission by investigating and resolving complaints of discrimination and promoting voluntary compliance with civil rights laws. The Department extends its reach by building coalitions around common issues of concern and being a full partner in the functioning of state government.

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights will be closed on Wednesday, July 17, 2024, for an all agency meeting. You may still submit complaint requests using the online complaint form, or by sending an email to

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MDCR offices are open by appointment only. 

You may file a complaint of discrimination using the online complaint form, call 1-800-482-3604, or email

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Pursuant to section 238 of PA 166 of 2022, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights posts this notice that it has adopted a hybrid policy that includes in-person, remote, and alternative work arrangements. The department or agency has the authority to assign and schedule its employees and determine their work location.  This policy also provides for work options contingent upon the operational needs of the department or agency.  Approval is at the discretion of the department or agency and can be changed or rescinded based upon operational needs.  The policy includes which positions may qualify for a work option, how to request one and the requirements necessary for approval.

We collectively acknowledge that Michigan’s state government, specifically the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, occupies the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary Lands of the Anishinaabek – the Three Fires Confederacy of Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi peoples. In particular, the Lansing office sits on land ceded in the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw. We recognize, support, and advocate for the sovereignty of the twelve federally-recognized Tribal nations who share geography with Michigan, for those Indigenous peoples who were forcibly removed from their homelands, for Indigenous individuals and Tribal communities who live here now, and for the next seven generations.

By offering this Land Acknowledgement, we affirm Indigenous sovereignty and affirm our agency’s commitment to upholding government to government relationships and collaborating with Native nations.