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Sex Discrimination

Both Michigan and federal law prohibit employers from using sex as a basis for employment decisions or conditions. Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment. Sexual harassment claims include claims known as quid pro quo which occurs when an employer or one of its agents makes compliance with a request for sexual favors as a term or condition of employment. Hostile work environment claims are those in which an employee is subjected to unwelcome sexual remarks or conduct either intended to or which in fact interfere with the employee's employment or create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment. Employees may file suit against employers for both physical and emotional damages as well as economic losses on account of these violations.

Under federal law, the prohibition of sex related discrimination includes pregnancy and childbirth issues.