Human Rights Topics on Video
The Civil Rights Act: Living the Legacy
"The Civil Rights Act: Living the Legacy" features insightful interviews with Minnesota's leaders including Governor Mark Dayton, Civil Rights Leader Dr. Josie Johnson, Macalester College Professor Emeritus of History El-Kati, Community Organizer Nathaniel Khaliq, and Freedom Rider Claire O'Connor. Produced the Minnesota Department of Human Rights and CTV North Suburbs. Watch it on regional cable station Metro 6 or CTV15 in the North Suburb, or on YouTube.
Familial Status Now Protected in Employment
On May 11, 2014, Governor Mark Dayton signed the Women's Economic Security Act (WESA), which amended the prohibitions against employment discrimination in the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA). Now, discrimination based on "familial status" in hiring, promotion, retention and other employment decisions is illegal in Minnesota. Commissioner Lindsey explains how the Human Rights Act now protects familial status in employment.
Commissioner Lindsey on Same-Sex Marriage
On May 14th, 2013 Governor Mark Dayton signed into law the bill legalizing same-sex marriages in Minnesota beginning August 1. Some cities are already accepting applications for marriage licenses and planning for a late summer wedding is underway for some same-sex couples.
Commissioner Lindsey on 'Ban the Box'
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill expanding the "Ban the Box" law to private employers that will go into effect beginning Jan. 1, 2014. This law offers the vast majority of individuals with a non-violent criminal record a second chance at an opportunity for employment to better their lives. Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey talks about the new law and offers practical information for employers on implementing it as part of the hiring process.
Financial Literacy and Predatory Lending
"On the Margins: People and Communities Locked Out of the American Dream" was produced as part of Financial Literacy Month in Minnesota (April 2013) and includes two separate half-hour episodes.
Moving Beyond Tolerance to Allophilia
Commissioner Kevin Lindsey's keynote speech, "Moving Beyond Tolerance to Allophilia" for the Governor's Commission on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Statewide Celebration, Mon. Jan 21, 2013 at St. Paul Central High School. (January 2013)
School Bullying and Criminal Background Checks Workshops
In this 2012 Human Rights Symposium workshop on the prevention of school bullying, School Bullying Task Force members discussed the current state of the law, the testimony they received, the report, and why they believe the recommendations in the report need to be acted upon to reduce school bullying.
This 2012 Human Rights Symposium workshop on Criminal Background Checks examined the consequences of employers' increased use of these checks, the current state of the law (as of Dec. 2012) and where the law might be heading in the near future.
Your Right To Know Video Series
Your Credit History
Your Credit History: What Should Employers Know? Should an employer be able to consider a person's credit history in making a hiring decision? Does a credit score say something about a job applicant's character, or are most people with bad credit in that situation through no fault of their own? (November 2011)
Weight Bias: The Next Civil Rights Issue? Americans who are overweight face discrimination daily. They're not hired, they can be fired, or denied a raise or promotion, simply because they're considered "too fat." Yet such discrimination is often legal. Should that change? (November 2010)
Domestic Violence, a Human Rights Issue
Domestic Violence, a Human Rights Issue. Should "victim of domestic violence" be a protected characteristic, like race or gender? Some argue that those who experience domestic violence are often victimized a second time, when rejected by an employer or landlord who is concerned about their past. (November 2010)
Human Rights Quick Tips
Mistakes Employers Make
From the MDHR Mailbag
- Can employers require "English only" policies?
- Can an employer ask about marriage plans?
- Can your employer require you to join a civic club?
Civil Rights History Clips
One- to two-minute video clips about some of the people that have helped to shape Minnesota's human rights history.
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