The Ferndale DDA wanted to take a moment to share resources that are available to employees who feel that have been subject to discriminatory harassment on the job. These types of behaviors have no place in Ferndale and we support any employee who uses their voice to speak out against them. This harassment can include but is not limited to: verbal or physical sexual advances, unwelcome physical contact, offensive or degrading language, display of denigrating materials (photos, objects, etc.), or any behavior which an employee has expressed objection to in the past.

State of Michigan – The State of Michigan has a department that is specifically tasked with investigating these claims – The Department of Human Resources Division of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). They MUST investigate all claims received within 180 days of an incident. Confidentiality and privacy will be protected, to the extent provided by law and retaliation against anyone making a complaint is strictly prohibited. Download a copy of the Discriminatory Harassment Complaint Form HERE.

City of Ferndale– Criminal behavior can also be reported to the Ferndale Police Department in person at 310 E 9 Mile Road or by calling the Non-Emergency Line at 248-541-3650, Option #5. If you are unsure about who to contact or if you have questions, you can also reach out to Officer Jillian Mahlmeister (Community Engagement Officer) at 248-584-2596 or jmahlmeister@ferndalepolice.org.

Affirmations LGBTQ+ Community Center- If you feel you have been discriminated against based on sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, Affirmations can provide a welcoming space for support. The building is currently closed due to COVID-19, but you can reach them during business hours at (248)-398-7105.

In June, 2020 the Ferndale DDA formally supported the City of Ferndale’s ‘Declaration of Commitment to Antiracism’. Together, we pledged to use this moment as a learning opportunity. We pledged to evaluate what we could be doing differently in identifying racism and promoting a culture of openness, equity, and justice in our community. Discrimination in any form threatens this effort and undermines the vision that the Ferndale DDA has for our downtown.

We recognize that reporting discriminatory behavior can be intimidating. It takes courage to speak out against someone when your livelihood is involved. The Ferndale DDA staff are available to discuss these resources and courses of action available to employees. Reach out to us at info@downtownferndale.com or 248-546-1632.

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