MDHR Press Releases

Recent Press Releases

MDHR negotiates settlement agreement
with Same-Sex Couple, wedding venue that denied service

Just in time for their August wedding, Cole Frey and his fiancé, a Minnesota same-sex couple, have settled their case against a Little Falls wedding venue that had refused to rent to them a few months earlier.

New law requires State Contractors to secure Equal Pay Certifications beginning Aug. 1

Beginning Aug. 1, some Minnesota State Contractors will be required to obtain a Equal Pay Certificate from the Minnesota Department of Human Rights prior to executing a contract.

Women’s Economic Security Act Takes Effect Today

Today, several provisions of legislation that was signed into law by Gov. Mark Dayton on Mother’s Day 2014 take effect. The Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA) strengthens workplace protections and flexibility for pregnant women and nursing mothers, expands employment opportunities for women in high-wage, high-demand occupations, and reduces the gender pay gap through increased enforcement of equal pay laws.

Living the Legacy: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 premieres this weekend

The Minnesota Human Rights Department will premiere “Living the Legacy: The Civil Rights Act of 1964” to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the historic legislation this weekend on local cable and YouTube and will continue airing the program through July 5th.

Health-care providers offered a “Ban the Box” webinar on March 13

Minnesota’s health-care providers and professionals can register for a webinar on Minnesota’s new Ban the Box law on March 13 at 10:30 a.m., the second in a series of seminars and webinars providing information and technical assistance. The new law took effect Jan. 1, 2014.

MDHR ends year by reducing backlog, closing oldest cases

ST. PAUL, MN – MDHR made significant progress in reducing its backlog of older cases during the last six-months of 2013 through its efficiency in investigating charges and by targeting its oldest cases for investigation during the time period.

State Capitol Contractor exceeding State workforce goals through community partnership

ST. PAUL, MN – The Minnesota State Capitol interior restoration and preservation project is exceeding diversity workforce goals with 34.89 percent minority workforce hours and 21 percent female workforce hours earning the project a premium rating of 1 from the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.

Health-care providers offered a “Ban the Box” webinar on Jan. 23

January 8, 2014 - Minnesota’s health-care providers and professionals can register for a webinar on Minnesota’s new Ban the Box law on January 23, at 10:30 a.m., the first in a series of seminars and webinars providing information and technical assistance. The new law took effect Jan. 1, 2014.

Minnesota Departments of Human Rights, Human Services to offer “Ban the Box” webinar January 23

December 27, 2013 - A webinar on Minnesota’s new Ban the Box law will be offered for health and human services professionals on January 23, the first in a series of seminars and webinars providing information and technical assistance. The new law takes effect January 1, 2014.

Students from three Minnesota schools win top honors in statewide ‘I Have a Dream’ video contest

December 4, 2013 - Students from Hibbing High School, Rosemount Middle School and Creek Valley Elementary School in Edina were the statewide winners in the Minnesota Department of Human Rights "I Have a Dream" youth video contest, the Department announced today.

Virtual Panel to discuss strategic advantages of hiring people with disabilities during Human Rights Week

November 25, 2013 - Realizing the strategic advantages to hiring people with disabilities will be featured at a virtual panel discussion from 9 to 11 a.m. on Dec. 6 as part of MDHR’s Human Rights’ week.

Human Rights Week Centers on Jobs, Education, Equity in Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King’s Dream, the March on Washington

November 22, 2013 - Fifty years after the historic March on Washington, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights is presenting a week of events centered on jobs, education and equal opportunity memorialized in Dr. Martin Luther King’s iconic "I Have a Dream” speech.

Minnesota Businesses Encouraged to Prepare for New ‘Ban the Box’ Law

October 31, 2013 - Minnesota businesses are encouraged to prepare for the “Ban the Box” law that becomes effective in 60 days.

Nominate a Deserving Person for the MDHR's Humanitarian Service Award

October 1, 2013 - The MDHR Humanitarian Service Awards recognize a Minnesotan and a student who has demonstrated personal character through encouragement of non-violent beliefs and actions, volunteer service in the community and who demonstrated an ability to reach out to others with broad cultural acceptance.

Sexual Harassment Charge against St. Cloud Liquor Store Leads to $30,000 Settlement

August 30, 2013 - The owner of a St. Cloud liquor store has agreed to pay a former employee and her attorneys $30,000 after the Department of Human Rights found probable cause to believe he had sexually harassed her. The Department also found that, after she complained about the harassment, store owner Brian Fanfulik engaged in reprisal by making her working conditions intolerable.

Health Care Provider to Pay $70,000 to Settle Age and Disability Discrimination Charge by Nurse Fired after 37 Years

August 30, 2013 - ST. PAUL, MN - A nurse in her mid-70s who worked for Health East and Health Inventures in Maplewood until she was fired in 2009 will receive $70,000 in settlement of a charge of disability and age discrimination filed with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.


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