The Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) has released a revised “Michigan Law Prohibits Discrimination” posting. The revised posting includes new text concerning individuals with disabilities. An individual with a disability needing accommodations must advise his or her employer in writing within 182 days of the need for accommodations. This new addition to the posting comes as a result of a court case decision made in the year 2000.
In July 2000, Michigan’s Court of Appeals held in case of Petzold v. Borman, Inc. that the plaintiff, Karl Petzold, was not entitled to accommodations in employment. The plaintiff suffered from Tourette Syndrome, which caused involuntary outburst of obscene words and racial epithets. He worked as a bagger at the defendant’s grocery store for approximately a year, during which he would loudly utter obscenities and racial slurs in the presence of customers. He was then terminated after an incident in May 1996.