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Michigan discrimination charges broken down

There are many types of discrimination that can happen in a workplace in Michigan, and it's important to look at exactly what tends to happen year in and year out. One of the most recent data sets released by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is for 2014, and it reveals the following key stats:

-- There were 2,624 total charges in Michigan in 2014. That is three percent of the total in the United States. That puts Michigan in the middle -- not the highest and certainly not the lowest -- but much of this has to do with population. For example, Texas had over 9 percent, while Rhode Island had just a fraction of a percent.

-- There were 893 race charges in 2014. That was about 34 percent of the total charges in Michigan, or just over a third. This is also in keeping with general trends. Some states were much higher, like Louisiana and its 47.1 percent, while others were lower, like New Hampshire and its 9.4 percent. Michigan is right in the middle of the road.

-- 680 of the cases in Michigan were due to sex discrimination. This was 25.9 percent of the total.

-- Only 75 of the charges in Michigan were for religious discrimination. This accounted for only 2.9 percent of the total.

-- Higher than both sex and religion charges were retaliation charges, with 844 total. That means they were 32.2 percent of the total in the state.

This gives you a good idea of what you need to watch out for in Michigan. If you're discriminated against in any way, you need to know your legal rights.

Source: EEOC, "EEOC Charge Receipts by State (includes U.S. Territories) and Basis for 2014*," accessed June 01, 2016

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