About Us

What is the Minnesota Department of Human Rights?

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) is a neutral state agency that investigates charges of illegal discrimination, ensures that businesses seeking state contracts are in compliance with equal opportunity requirements, and strives to eliminate discrimination by educating Minnesotans about their rights and responsibilities under the state Human Rights Act.

Our mission: to make Minnesota discrimination free.

Our values: quality, timeliness, efficiency, service, fairness and respect.

Our vision: That we will eradicate discrimination and empower every person in Minnesota with the ability to enjoy all of the benefits of society regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, age, sexual orientation, familial status, and public assistance status.


Commissioner LindseyKevin Lindsey was appointed Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights in February 2011. He had previously served as a civil litigation attorney in the Office of the Ramsey County Attorney, and has 20 years of experience in resolving complex legal and public policy questions. Read more about Commissioner Lindsey here.

Contact Us

intakeTo speak with someone about your rights under the Minnesota Human Rights Act or to file a charge of discrimination call our office at 651.539.1100 (711 or 1.800.627.3529 MN Relay) or Toll Free at 800.657.3704. You may also contact us by email, mail, or in person.

Directions & Parking

Google map of St. Paul OfficeFind directions to our Saint Paul office here, as well as information on parking options at the Capitol Complex and delivery and drop-off directions for vendors. Information about our Saint Cloud office is available here.

Department Reports

generic graphIn the Reports section you'll find data highlighting the Department's performance in investigating charges of discrimination and resolving such charges as well as the Department's report to the legislature. The Department's affirmative action plan is also available here.