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Agustin Arbulu
Michigan Civil Rights Commission

The director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, Agustin Arbulu, has been fired.

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission voted to fire Arbulu during a meeting Tuesday night.

Arbulu has been under scrutiny since early August, when the commission announced that it had formally reprimanded him. An employee of the Department of Civil Rights, Todd Heywood, had reported that Arbulu made sexually charged comments about a woman outside a work event.

Agustin Arbulu
Michigan Civil Rights Commission

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has barred embattled Michigan civil rights director Agustin Arbulu from cabinet meetings. Whitmer says it’s time for Arbulu to be fired for “unacceptable conduct.”

The Civil Rights Commission – not the governor – is in charge of the department. But the governor decides who attends her cabinet meetings, and she says Arbulu is no longer welcome to meet with her and other department directors. In a letter to the commission, the governor also says she’s directed her department heads to interact with Arbulu only in situations where it’s required by law.

Agustin Arbulu
Michigan Civil Rights Commission

Governor Gretchen Whitmer wants to know why state civil rights director Agustin Arbulu is still leading the department. That’s after an inquiry determined Arbulu created a hostile work environment with remarks he made about women and about a gay employee.

In a letter to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, Governor Whitmer demanded an explanation why Agustin Arbulu remains in charge of the civil rights department.