The Minnesota Department of Human Rights' 2011-2012 Biennium Report reflects the work that Commissioner Lindsey and his staff have proactively educated, conciliated and conferenced to keep Minnesota free of discrimination and prepare state government and business for changing demographics. Supplemental information to this report is available here. Download report as PDF (24 pages, 5.79mb).
Report to the Legislature
Twice a year the Minnesota Department of Human Rights submits its semi-annual report to the legislature summarizing the results of its investigation and resolution of human rights complaints.
By the Numbers - Department of Human Rights July 2012 Legislative Report
Charges filed with Department in the first half of 2012 increased 50 percent over the previous six months, with increases in virtually every category. In the past six months, 451 charges were filed with MDHR as compared to 301 charges file the previous six months.
Charges based on race increased by more than 71 percent, from 96 in the last six months of 2011 to 165 in the first six months of 2012. These charges represented 26 percent of all charges filed in the last six months of 2012, up from 21.6 percent in the previous six months.
Charges based on sexual orientation almost tripled, from 9 in last six months of 2011 to 26 in the first six months of 2012. Charges based on sexual orientation represented 4 percent of the charges filed during the first six months of 2012, compared to 2 percent in the previous six months.
Charges in the area of public accommodations almost tripled in the first six months of 2012 over the last six months of 2011. There were 44 such charges, compared to 15 in the previous six months. A "place of public accommodation" is a business, entertainment, recreation, or transportation facility of any kind that is available to the public. The majority the public accommodations charges filed in the first six months of 2012 were based on race. The complete report is available at the link below.
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Affirmative Action Plan
The department's affirmative action plan (PDF 451kb) details the establishment of affirmative action programs, including equal opportunity in employment to current and prospective employees without regard to race, religion, creed, color, age, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local human rights commission.
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