Employment Discrimination and the Minnesota Human Rights Act
Under the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA), employment is a protected area, and it is illegal to treat someone differently in employment because of their:
- National origin,
- Marital status,
- Public assistance status,
- Sexual orientation,
- Familial status, or
- Local human rights commission activity.
In addition, sexual harassment is considered sex discrimination under the Act, as is treating an employee adversely because of pregnancy.
Aiding, abetting and obstruction
Reprisal, aiding/abetting and obstruction are also prohibited practices under the Minnesota Human Rights Act.
The Act prohibits a person from aiding in a violation of the Minnesota Human Rights Act, coercing a person to violate the law, obstructing a person's compliance with the Act, or interfering with the Department's performance of its duties.