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We Are Schenk Boncher & Rypma

Established in 1978, we are a full service law firm specializing in both commercial and personal areas of law and we represent clients throughout West Michigan and the entire Midwest. Our attorneys are well known by local judges and other legal firms in the areas of commercial and business law, personal injury and wrongful death, construction law, zoning, planning and land use issues, banking law, civil rights, domestic relations and divorce, sales representative law, collections, insurance litigation, and real estate. + Learn more about our LAW firm

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  • IT TOOK ONE DAY!!!!--

    Yesterday, we commented on BREAKING NEWS to tell you that the Michigan Attorney General issued an opinion stating that the Michigan Civil Rights Commission interpreted the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) to include a ban on discriminating against folks based upon their Sexual Orientation and Gender Identification, in short against the LGTBQ community in our state.  At about the same time, the MCRC announced that it was directing the agency to CONTINUE investigating complaints of discrimination based upon orientation and gender identification.  MCRC indicated that it did not believe the AG's opinion was binding on the MCRC because it is a constitutionally authorized body with the power to interpret the laws which it administers.    << Read More

  • Employment Law--Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity--BREAKING NEWS

    BREAKING NEWS!!!  --  It seems that is a headline for everything these days but our latest update on this topic is indeed Breaking News.  When we last visited this topic, we told you that the Michigan Civil Rights Commission (MCRC) had adopted a new policy "interpreting" the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA).  That policy was to announce that in its interpretation of the law, the Commission concluded that employment discrimination based upon Sexual Orientation and/or Gender Identity was covered and PROHIBITED by ELCRA.  At the same time, it announced it was accepting complaints based on alleged discrimination in those categories.   << Read More

  • Employment Discrimination Update--Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

    In an earlier blog on this subject, we told you that under existing state law (the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act--ELCRA) did not prohibit discrimination in employment based upon Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity.  We indicated that the state of the law as it existed at that time was likely NOT the final answer to the question of whether a person could be discriminated against in employment situations because he or she was gay, transgender, etc.  It turns out that we were prescient in that assessment.  << Read More

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