Employment discrimination in job advertisements that include religious references, such as statements like "faith-based practice" or symbols like crosses, is a legal concern. Federal and Michigan state laws, particularly the Elliot Larson Civil Rights Act (ELCRA), prohibit discrimination in employment, encompassing various protected classes. ELCRA applies to all employers in Michigan, regardless of their size. Violating ELCRA can lead to legal consequences, including injunctive relief and compensatory damages. Including such references or symbols in job ads can be used as evidence against employers in discrimination claims, even if rejected candidates have lesser qualifications. Publishers of these ads are also at risk of being involved in legal proceedings. Publishers should reject ads that hint at discrimination based on protected characteristics to avoid legal exposure and liability.
Schulte, Daniel JD
"Dentistry and the Law: Risk of Employment Discrimination in Job Advertisements,"
The Journal of the Michigan Dental Association: Vol. 104:
7, Article 6.
Available at: https://commons.ada.org/journalmichigandentalassociation/vol104/iss7/6
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