RIGHTS BLOG: Updates from the Department of Human Rights

Updated MDHR Brochure Spells Out Your Rights Under the Human Rights Act in Plain Language

Posted on 8/19/15

ST. PAUL, MN – Ensuring Minnesota is discrimination free begins with providing people information about their rights. Under the Minnesota Human Rights Act, everyone is protected because everyone has personal characteristics such as sex, race and sexual orientation.

diverse individuals protected under the MHRAToday, the Department is providing an updated brochure that spells out in plain language the role of the Department and the Human Rights Act in preventing discrimination.

Free download: It's short, visually appealing, and free to download here or request copies for your organization by contacting the MDHR Communications Department.

You'll find out how the Minnesota Human Rights Act protects everyone in the state in employment, housing, public accommodations and other areas. A convenient chart shows which characteristics are covered in each area. We've included answers to some of your most common questions including what to expect when you contact the Department.

Expanded protections: Since the Department last published a brochure on the Human Rights Act, the Human Rights Act has been expanded. For example, familial status -- once covered only in housing -- is now protected in employment as well. This protects people caring for their family members in the area of employment. The brochure has been updated to reflect the latest changes in the law.

Your guide to the MHRA with answers to common questions and misconceptionsTo provide more clarity, the brochure provides examples of the kinds of allegations that the Department most often receives and investigates. More charges are filed in employment than in any other area, and the brochure provides examples of what might lead to a charge of employment discrimination. Common allegations in other areas including housing, public accommodations, public services, education, credit and business are also covered.

If you'd like more information than what's available in these easy-to-read eight pages, visit the Department's web site to find more background on each of the protections under the Human Rights Act, including a section on Your Rights and our link to the Human Rights Act.

In addition to English version currently available, the Department will have the brochure available In Spanish, Somali, Hmong and Karen.

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