MDHR St. Cloud Office

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

MDHR St. Cloud Office Questions and Answers

When was MDHR St. Cloud Funded?

On June 1, 2016 Governor Mark Dayton signed legislation to annually fund the Minnesota Department of Human Rights’ Regional Office in St. Cloud. The $180,000 allotment provides for full-time day-to-day operations of the office.

What services does MDHR provide?

MDHR St. Cloud provides outreach, education and investigates claims of discrimination for those in Central Minnesota. Some specific activities within those functions include:

MDHR St. Cloud offers:

  • Training on the Minnesota Human Rights Act;
  • Education and outreach services;
  • Forums and Diversity and Inclusion events;
  • Complaint intake for potential charges under the Minnesota Human Rights Act ;
  • Conducting pre-investigative dispute resolution;
  • Speakers and presenters on a variety of issues;

MDHR St. Cloud connects Central Minnesota to a variety of statewide initiatives including Diversity and Inclusion, Olmstead and Ending Homelessness.

What type of discrimination charges does the MDHR accept?

MDHR accepts charges of discrimination that allege a violation of the Minnesota Human Rights Act. Under the Act, it is illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, disability, public assistance status, age, sexual orientation, familial status, among other basis. Discrimination is prohibited in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodations, public services, education, credit and business. (Not all basis is protected in each area. For example, age is protected only in employment and education.)

Does MDHR have offices in other locations?

MDHR St. Cloud is the Department's only regional human rights office. The Department's main office is located in the Freeman Building at 625 Robert Street North, Saint Paul MN 55155.

What is the difference between MDHR St. Cloud and the St. Cloud Regional Human Rights Commission?

MDHR St. Cloud is a regional office of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR), which enforces the Minnesota Human Rights Act.

Human rights commissions are formed by units of local government and not organizationally connected to the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. They conduct human rights education and outreach and may offer other services such as mediation, but most do not enforce the Minnesota Human Rights Act.

The purpose of the St. Cloud Human Rights Commission is detailed in the city's Code of Ordinances, Chapter II, Section 230, the St. Cloud Human Rights Ordinance.

What is the history of MDHR St. Cloud?

The St. Cloud Regional Human Rights Office (SCRHRO) opened on September 1, 2010. The SCRHRO was created to increase freedom from discrimination for persons in the state and specifically in the St. Cloud area. It was a satellite office of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR), created by MDHR at the request of, and in partnership with, the St. Cloud Regional Human Rights Joint Powers Board, which provided the funding for the office.

On June 1, 2016 Governor Mark Dayton signed legislation to annually fund the Minnesota Department of Human Rights’ Regional Office in St. Cloud.

How can I contact the MDHR St. Cloud?

You may contact the MDHR St. Cloud...

By phone:
320-650-3133 (Main)
320-650-3223 (Fax)

By U.S. mail:
MN Department of Human Rights-St. Cloud
City Hall
400 2nd Street South
St. Cloud MN 56301

By email:
MDHR Info

Online on MDHR's web site:

mn.gov/mdhr/intake/complaint_inquiry.html

Or in person:
By making an appointment.

Where is MDHR St. Cloud located?

The office is located in St. Cloud City Hall. It's address is:

MN Department of Human Rights-St. Cloud
City Hall
400 2nd Street South
St. Cloud MN 56301

Does the MDHR St. Cloud investigate complaints?

MDHR St. Cloud accepts charges of discrimination filed under the state Human Rights Act, and may assess allegations to determine whether the conduct alleged would potentially violate the Act. Charges are forwarded to the Department of Human Rights main office in St. Paul for investigation, mediation or other action as necessary.

What communities does the MDHR St. Cloud serve?

The office was created to serve the cities of Saint Cloud and Saint Joseph, Minnesota.

What are the MDHR St. Cloud office hours?

Currently, the office is staffed from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every other Wednesday. The office will be staffed July 13, July 27, August 10 and August 24. Please call 1.800.657.3704 Monday through Friday with all other requests.

Does MDHR St. Cloud have a web site?

MDHR St. Cloud has its own page on the web site of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, where you may find information about upcoming SCRHRO events, services, a complaint form, and contact information. The page is located at mn.gov/stcloud.

Is the MDHR St. Cloud planning or participating in any major public events?

See the web page at mn.gov/stcloud for the latest information.

Can MDHR St. Cloud provide a speaker for my company, school, or organization?

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights provides speakers on subjects related the Minnesota Human Rights Act — availability depends upon resources. For more information, contact the St. Paul office with the details of your request at Info.MDHR@state.mn.us.

Does MDHR St. Cloud provide showcases or training?

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights provides showcases and training in locations throughout the state, including the St. Cloud area. See the department's web site for the latest information.

Does MDHR St. Cloud provide mediation services?

The office conducts pre-investigative dispute resolution — when a complaint is brought to the office's attention, the office may attempt to negotiate a resolution prior to an investigation. Mediation may occur and is encouraged by the Department of Human Rights at any stage of a case or case investigation. Mediators are generally assigned by the Department of Human Rights through its St. Paul office.

If I'm a member of the press, how do I obtain information about activities related to MDHR St. Cloud, or to its role in human rights issues in the Saint Cloud/Saint Joseph area?

All questions, requests for interviews, data requests and other public information inquiries — whether related the Saint Cloud/Saint Joseph area or to other MDHR activities — should be directed to the Department of Human Rights' Communications Director Christine Dufour at 651-539-1118 or Christine.Dufour@state.mn.us.

How can individuals with disabilities access MDHR St. Cloud?

The office in St. Cloud City Hall is wheelchair accessible and equipped with other assistive technologies. One may contact the Department of Human Rights' main office via TTY at 651-296-1283. In addition, the Department of Human Rights' web site has been designed to be accessible, including the MDHR St. Cloud page at mn.gov/stcloud.