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The Business Case for Expansion of the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act

The Business Case for the Expansion of the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act

On May 23, the Grand Rapids Chamber held an Advocacy Engagement Series on the business case for the expansion of the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act.

The Chamber’s OutPro Council was proud to host the event in partnership with Equality Michigan. Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act of 1976 is an act to define civil rights; to prohibit discriminatory practices and policies in the exercise of those rights based upon religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, familial status or marital status.

Expansion of Elliott-Larsen to include sexual orientation and gender identity remains a priority for the Grand Rapids Chamber. We believe everyone deserves the right to show up as their whole person in all aspects of their life, and we see this expansion as not only the right thing to do but the smart thing to do.

Across the state, inclusivity is vital for Michigan to remain competitive while attracting and retaining top talent and the Chamber remains committed to advancing diversity and equality in West Michigan.

Stay tuned as the Chamber team will be notifying you of ways to engage in this issue soon. We invite members to engage in the Chamber’s policy making process by participating on one of our issues committees. To find out more or to volunteer, contact Andy Johnston at johnstona@grandrapids.org or visit this page.

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