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Michigan Court of Appeals Upholds Complete Dismissal of Plaintiff’s Claim of Retaliation Under the Elliot-Larson Civil Rights Act

Published: April 12, 2011

On April 12, 2011, the Michigan Court of Appeals upheld the trial court’s complete dismissal of Plaintiff’s claims. In 2008, the Plaintiff sued Flint Township and its supervisor in Genesee County Circuit Court, asserting that the Township and its supervisor violated Michigan’s Elliot-Larson Civil Rights Act by retaliating against him after he refused to shut down a local business on the basis of the owners’ race. The Court of Appeals agreed with the trial court that Plaintiff failed to provide any evidence linking his purported protected activity and the supervisor’s decision to discipline him for unrelated rule violations. The Township and its supervisor were defended by McGraw Morris P.C. attorneys Thomas J. McGraw and Stacy J. Belisle. During the appeal, Plaintiff also filed another lawsuit in federal court asserting that the Township, its supervisor and building department director retaliated against him for filing the state lawsuit. The federal court granted a complete dismissal of that claim as well.

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