The Minnesota Department
of Human Rights
The Minnesota Department of
Human Rights is the state’s civil rights enforcement agency. The Department
enforces the Minnesota Human Rights Act that prohibits discrimination based on
race, religion, disability, national origin, sex, marital status, familial
status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, creed, and local human
rights commission activity.
The Minnesota Department of Human Rights has a regional office in St.
Cloud located in the St. Cloud City Hall.
Role of the Department
Investigators work with individuals who believe they have
been discriminated against to determine if the Minnesota Department of Human
Rights can help with their situation. If the Department can help, staff may
recommend mediation or drafting a charge of discrimination.
If a charge is drafted, the Departments conducts a neutral
investigation. If the Department finds that discrimination occurred under the
law, staff will work to settle the case. The Department can also refer the case
to the Minnesota Attorney General for litigation.