Affirmative Action Plans

What is an Affirmative Action Plan?

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An affirmative action plan is a set of goal-oriented management policies and procedures to eliminate barriers to employment opportunities for minorities, women and qualified disabled persons that are not based on specific job requirements.

The plan includes a contractor's self-examination of its workforce and employment practices and sets forth action-oriented programs to identify and correct deficiencies in the areas of equal employment opportunity.

More information on affirmative action plans

Certificates of Compliance

Certificates of compliance are issued to businesses who have an affirmative action plan approved by the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights for the employment of minorities, women and disabled individuals.

A business that is certified to be in compliance with the affirmative action requirements of a local human rights agency or the federal government shall be deemed to be in compliance upon submission to the commissioner of letters or documentation establishing compliance, together with the affirmative action plan which meets their requirements and an affirmative action plan for disabled individuals.

Fees for Certificates of Compliance

The Minnesota Legislature has amended the state Human Rights Act to require the Department of Human Rights to charge a $150 fee for each certificate of compliance issued. The requirement became effective August 1, 2013.

The Legislature intended the fee to help cover the cost of issuing certifications. Checks should be made payable to the Minnesota Department of Human Rights and should be sent to the address below. If it is not clear from the check, please indicate your company's name in a cover note or check stub. Please do not staple checks or pages together.

Our Address

Contract Compliance
Minnesota Department of Human Rights
Freeman Building
625 Robert Street North
Saint Paul, MN 55155

If you have questions, call 651-539-1100 and ask for Compliance, or email us at