Discrimination

Straight ticket voting
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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has taken the first step to appeal a court decision that lifted the state’s ban on voters using the straight-ticket option to vote for an entire party’s slate of candidates on the November ballot. 


Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility
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The US Justice Department is suing the Michigan Department of Corrections for discriminating against women who work at its only prison for female inmates, which happens to be in Washtenaw County. 


Fair Housing Center
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Ypsilanti Township's housing policies are drawing criticism from a local non-profit organization.

LGBT Pride
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The campaign to expand equal protection rights in the state constitution to include women and LGBT people can start collecting petition signatures.  


LGBT Pride
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A state elections board is expected to determine today whether a petition campaign to add LGBT and gender protections to the Michigan Constitution is ready to go.  Rick Pluta has more.


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  Ann Arbor's Jim Toy Community Center is applauding Michigan business leaders for pushing for changes to state law to protect against discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

Center President Sandi Smith says under current state law, a person can be fired because they're gay or transgendered. 

The Michigan Competitive Workforce Coalition has been pushing state legislators to make changes in the law to prevent that kind of workplace bias.