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Facing discrimination where you work or where you live? During the federal shutdown, you may be able to file your complaint with MDCR

January 10, 2019

Lansing, MI— As the federal government shutdown moves into its third week, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights is reminding residents that they don’t have to wait to file a complaint about discrimination. Michiganders who believe they have been discriminated against in housing or on the job may have the option to file a complaint with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR). MDCR partners with both the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and can take complaints related to employment and housing at any time, even during the federal shutdown.

“Michigan residents don’t have to wait for the shutdown to end before they can begin the process of filing a complaint when facing discrimination in housing or employment,” said MDCR Director Agustin V. Arbulu. “It is important to file your complaint in a timely way in order to protect your right to have the alleged discrimination investigated and addressed.”

To file a complaint, call MDCR at 800-482-3604 or go to the MDCR website, and click on “File a Complaint” at the top of the page. Intake staff will determine if MDCR has jurisdiction and guide you on next steps.

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights, the operational arm of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, is charged with investigating and resolving discrimination complaints and works to prevent discrimination through educational programs that promote voluntary compliance with civil rights laws. The Department also provides information and services to businesses on diversity initiatives and equal employment law. For more information on the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, go to

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