Dow Corning Corporation today announced its support for efforts to update Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) to include sexual orientation and gender identity.  The company has officially signed on to become a member of the Michigan Competitive Workforce Coalition.

Under ELCRA, it is illegal to subject people to differential treatment based on religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, familial status or marital status, and the ELCRA prohibits employers from discriminating in hiring, compensation or the terms, conditions or privileges of employment.  Currently, sexual orientation and gender identity are not included under the ELCRA. 

“As the global leader of an innovation-driven industry, Dow Corning understands the value of diversity and the importance of inclusion for all of its workforce,” said Mike Conway, senior vice president, chief human resources officer at Dow Corning. “We encourage policies that respect individual rights and ensure equality while helping Michigan to compete in a 21st century economy.”

Jim Murray, president of AT&T and co-chair of the Michigan Competitive Workforce Coalition, welcomed Dow Corning’s decision to become part of the initiative.

“Dow Corning has long been a sound policy voice here in Michigan,” Murray said.

“Its involvement in this work demonstrates the good business sense it makes for the people of our state.”

Introduced in May, the Michigan Competitive Workforce Coalition now includes:

  • Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber
  • Arbor Brewing
  • AT&T
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Chrysler Group LLC
  • Clark Hill PLC
  • Consumers Energy
  • Delta Airlines
  • Detroit Medical Center
  • Detroit Regional Chamber
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Dow Corning Corporation
  • Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce
  • Google
  • Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance
  • Henry Ford Health System
  • Herman Miller
  • Irwin Seating Company
  • Issue Media Group
  • Kellogg Company
  • Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce

  • Macomb County Chamber of Commerce
  • Menlo Innovations
  • The Michigan Theater
  • Pfizer
  • Professional Property Management
  • Quicken Loans
  • Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce
  • Slow’s Bar BQ
  • Steelcase
  • Southwest Michigan First
  • Strategic Staffing Solutions
  • Urban Feast
  • Whirlpool Corporation
  • Wood Temporary Staffing
  • Zingerman’s