2011-2012 Biennium Report
The Minnesota Department of Human Rights' Biennium Report reflects the work that Commissioner Lindsey and his staff have proactively educated, conciliated and conferenced to keep Minnesota free of discrimination and prepare state government and business for changing demographics.
The MDHR Biennium Report features recent cases investigated by the Department. Below you will find links to supplemental information on each case described in the report.
MDHR Case Files
Recent cases investigated by the Department of Human Rights covering religious accommodation, sexual orientation, sexual harassment, reprisal and more.
Disability Discrimination - An employer's failure to provide an employee with an accommodation after receiving documentation from a doctor lead to a $100,000 settlement.
Age Discrimination - A 43-year-old director of nursing was terminated after she raised concerns about age discrimination. The Department found probable cause.
Disability - In a 'rocket docket' case, the Department quickly resolved and obtained a settlement for a woman with a disability when her service animal was not allowed in a restaurant.
Race - After finding probable cause, the Department negotiated a $20,000 settlement for an African American shopper subjected to racial profiling and falsely accused of theft.
Religion - A woman was informed by a governmental official that she would not be allowed to pray. Case led to an apology, policy changes and a nominal settlement.
Reprisal - Police chief's retaliation against a female police officer for filing a sexual harassment claim resulted in a $60,000 settlement.
Sexual Harassment and Reprisal in Housing - After the Department found probable cause that a landlord had sexually harassed a tenant, the landlord allegedly engaged in reprisal.
Mediation Resolves Termination Dispute - A wrongful termination sexual orientation dispute was resolved through the Department of Human Rights' mediation program.