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MDCR Director Statement on Commission's Possible Request to Attorney General

January 25, 2019

Lansing, MI–The Michigan Civil Rights Commission (MCRC) will consider asking Attorney General Dana Nessel to review Attorney General Opinion 7305 during its meeting on Monday, January 28 in Warren. Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) Director Dr. Agustin V. Arbulu issued the following statement about the possible request.

“With a new Attorney General, it is important to know where she stands on the authority of the Commission as it was described by AG Opinion 7305,” said MDCR Director Agustin V. Arbulu. “I am eager to hear the Commissioners discussions on this topic Monday during the Commission meeting and to their vote.”

MDCR, at the direction of the MCRC continues to accept, review and investigate complaints of discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.

MDCR is currently investigating 13 complaints. Of those under investigation, five are related to claims of discrimination based on gender identity or expression, and eight are related to claims of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

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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