The Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MCDR) on Thursday put out a notice that it is still handling discrimination complaints, even as federal agencies are shut down.
On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) held an event with people impacted by the partial government shutdown. Attorney Jack Schulz said he has a client whose discrimination claim has been delayed by government shutdowns.
Michigan residents who believe they have been discriminated against in housing or at work may have the option to file a complaint with the MDCR. The department 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,” MDCR Director Agustin Arbulu said in a release. “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 provide next steps, the department said.
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.