Bidder cannot utilize Elliott-Larson Civil Rights Act as basis for suit alleging gender discrimination
The Michigan Court of Appeals held this month that Brenda Geiling could not maintain a gender discrimination claim against Dow Corning and Hemlock Semiconductor because she was not an "employee" and the defendants were not "places of public accommodation." Geiling claimed that she was barred by the Defendants from submitting bids to the Defendants, despite a successful performance history, because she had filed a gender discrimination claim. The Court held that her claim was not authorized by law because she wasn't an "employee" under Article 2 and the Defendants wre not "places of public accommodation" under Article 3. Therefore no law against illegal gender discrimination applied to the bidding activities and rules of the Defendants.