BY BTL STAFF
YPSILANTI – As part of an upcoming event for Eastern Michigan University’s Equality Research Center, State Senator Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) will speak about pending legislation in the Michigan Legislature that will amend the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) to include protections for sexuality, gender identity and gender expression.
Warren’s latest attempt to get an amendment to ELCRA passed in the Michigan government came in September 2014, when she and State Rep. Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) introduced identical bills into both the House and Senate. Efforts to get the ELCRA amended were up against road blocks and much controversy as Republican members introduced their own legislation without gender identity protections. The Michigan legislature did not make a final decision on ELCRA by the end of the 2014 cycle.
Warren believes that adding sexual orientation to the list of protected characteristics would provide immediate protections for people in their every day lives. Singh has stated that he plans on reintroducing his expansion of ELCRA in the 2015 term.
Warren joins the EMU panel with human resource professionals who will talk about strategies for creating corporate policies that prompt inclusion and diversity. Together they will examine the impact of workplace discrimination. Human resource executives will share the best practices and the benefits of inclusive policies.
The discussion on workplace equality is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Jan. 26 in the Guild Room of McKenny Hall at Eastern Michigan University, located in Ypsilanti. The event is free and open to the public.
The presentation is the second part of the university’s Equality Leadership Series, a collection of seminars, colloquiums, roundtables, dialogues and symposiums established to bring academics, advocates and practitioners together in order to move equality forward.