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Familial Status

Under The MHRA: Employment Familial Status Discrimination


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.


Familial Status in Employment 

Discriminatory practices by employers, employment agencies and others include:

  • Hiring: Employer presumes a job candidates with family would not be able to successfully perform the job if offered the position.

  • Promotion: Employer presumes that employees with care-giving responsibilities are unable to provide quality work and therefore denied opportunities or promotions.

  • Retention and other employment decisions

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