Act No. 453
Public Acts of 1976
Approved by Governor
January 13, 1977
As Amended by
Act 162, Public Acts of 1977
Act 153, Public Acts of 1978
Act 446, Public Acts of 1978
Act 93, Public Acts of 1980
Act 170, Public Act of 1980
Act 202, Public Acts of 1980
Act 45, Public Acts of 1982
Act 512, Public Acts of 1982
Act 11, Public Acts of 1991
Act 70, Public Acts of 1992
Act 124, Public Acts of 1992
Act 258, Public Acts of 1992
Act 216, Public Acts of 1993
Act 88, Public Acts of 1995
Act 202, Public Acts of 1999
ELLIOTT- LARSEN CIVIL RIGHTS ACT
AN ACT to define civil rights; to prohibit discriminatory practices, policies, and customs in the exercise of
those rights based upon religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, familial status, or marital
status; to preserve the confidentiality of records regarding arrest, detention, or other disposition in which a
conviction does not result; to prescribe the powers and duties of the civil rights commission and the department
of civil rights; to provide remedies and penalties; to provide for fees; and to repeal certain acts and parts of acts.
The People of the State of Michigan enact:
Sec. 101. This act shall be known and may be cited as the “Elliott-Larsen Civil
Sec. 102. (1) The opportunity to obtain employment, housing and other real estate, and the full and equal
utilization of public accommodations, public service, and educational facilities without discrimination because
of religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, familial status, or marital status as prohibited
by this act, is recognized and declared to be a civil right.
(2) This section shall not be construed to prevent an individual from bringing or continuing an action arising
out of sex discrimination before July 18, 1980 which action is based on conduct similar to or identical to
(3) This section shall not be construed to prevent an individual from bringing or continuing an action arising
out of sex discrimination based on familial status before effective date of the amendatory act that added this
subsection which action is based on conduct similar to or identical to discrimination because of the age of
persons residing with the individual bringing or continuing the action.
Sec. 103. As used in this act:
(a) “Age” means chronological age except as otherwise provided by law.
(b) “Commission” means the civil rights commission established by section 29 of article 5 of the state
constitution of 1963.
(c) “Commissioner” means a member of the commission.
(d) “Department” means the department of civil rights or its employees.
(e) “Familial status” means 1 or more individuals under the age of 18 residing with a parent or other person
having custody or in the process of securing legal custody of the individual or individuals or residing with the
designee of the parent or other person having or securing custody, with the written permission of the parent or