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Statement from the Michigan Department of Civil Rights on Allegations of Discrimination by Ann Arbor Business

Lansing, MI — Today (4-14-16), the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) issued the following statement from MDCR Executive Director Agustin Arbulu:

“Like many of you, the staff of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights are concerned about news reports of allegations of racial bias and discriminatory behavior faced by customers of an automotive shop in Ann Arbor.  When someone is denied equal access to goods and services based on their race or ethnicity, it constitutes a clear violation of Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act – the law our department is charged with enforcing. 

We urge anyone who has experienced discriminatory behavior dealing with this (or another) business, to file a complaint with our department.  Filing a complaint will allow MDCR to conduct a formal, impartial investigation to determine if the allegations are true, and if so, to facilitate an appropriate resolution.”

To file a complaint of discrimination, report a bias incident, or request information, contact the Michigan Department of Civil Rights at 800-482-3604, or online, here:  Get the Help You Need Online