Economic Justice

The Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office is committed to securing economic justice—which means protecting workers and consumers from predatory practices. Accordingly, the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office has engaged in several litigation and advocacy efforts to strengthen laws that protect workers, consumers, and families from economic harm. Learn more about our efforts by reading our briefs and statements below.

November 15, 2021: Letter Supporting Federal Effort to Prioritize Workplace Rights and Safety in Immigration Enforcement

On November 15, 2021, the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office joined 11 state attorneys general and eight local prosecutors and labor-enforcement agencies on a letter supporting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) plan to change its worksite enforcement practices to support enforcement of wage protections, workplace safety, labor rights, and other employment laws and standards. Among other things, the letter urged DHS and the federal government to put into place safeguards that ensure that employers cannot retaliate against non-citizen workers who report unfair labor practices. It also urged DHS to proactively support non-citizen workers who cooperate with labor law enforcement agencies.

March 25, 2021: Amicus Brief Opposing Tenant Harassment

On March 25, 2021, the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office joined 18 local governments from across the nation on a brief supporting New York City’s Residential Anti-Harassment Law. The brief argued that laws which prevent landlords from harassing their tenants into vacating their units are key to ensuring public health and safety—particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

February 5, 2021: Amicus Brief in Michigan Supreme Court Consumer Protection Case

On February 5, 2021, the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office filed a brief on behalf of itself and a group of other Michigan prosecutors in Cyr v. Ford Motor Company—a case involving Michigan’s consumer protection laws. The brief argued that, over time, the Supreme Court has adopted an unnecessarily restrictive reading of the Michigan Consumer Protection Act. That, in turn, has hampered prosecutors’ ability to fight consumer abuse

The brief urged the court to consider the case, and to clarify the scope of Michigan’s consumer-protection law.

The brief was joined by the Prosecuting Attorneys from Alger, Chippewa, Genesee, Ingham, and Marquette Counties.