She was promptly fired by her boss who said that "gender transition violat[es] God’s commands because a person’s sex is an immutable God-given fit." With this decision, discrimination in the workplace based on gender identity is now banned in Michigan.
Over thirty local municipalities have local human rights ordinances which prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity in employment and housing.
However, at least one other state court has ruled that unmarried individuals may not jointly petition to adopt.Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity is also prohibited in state government employment, but there are no other statewide protections.Ingham, Washtenaw, and Wayne counties also prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in government employment.Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity are not explicitly banned within state law.
However, a ruling of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and a decision of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission have ensured that members of the LGBT community are not discriminated against and are protected in the eyes of the law. East Lansing and Ann Arbor were the first cities in the United States to pass LGBT discrimination protections, doing so in 1972.
In order for transgender people to change their legal gender on their birth certificates in Michigan, they must undergo sex reassignment surgery, a name change and receive a medical affidavit from a physician.