Jurisdiction Chart

Jurisdiction Chart: How the Human Rights Act Protects Everyone in Minnesota

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The Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) has jurisdiction to investigate discrimination only if it happens because of a protected class reason. There are limited exceptions to some provisions of the Act, and not every class is protected in each area. For example, a restaurant can offer special discounts to senior citizens because age is not a protected class in public accommodations.

The department also prohibits retaliation; encouraging, compelling, coercing or assisting unlawful discrimination; and efforts to obstruct people from complying with or enforcing the law.

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Jurisdiction CHART
PROTECTED CLASSES PROTECTED AREAS
RACE Employment, housing, public accommodations, public services, education, credit, and business
COLOR Employment, housing, public accommodations, public services, education, credit, and business
CREED Employment, housing, public accommodations, public services, education, and credit
RELIGION Employment, housing, public accommodations, public services, education, and credit
NATIONAL ORIGIN Employment, housing, public accommodations, public services, education, credit, and business
SEX Employment, housing, public accommodations, public services, education, credit, and business
MARITAL STATUS Employment, housing, public accommodations, education, and credit
DISABILITY Employment, housing, public accommodations, public services, education, credit, and business
PUBLIC ASSISTANCE Employment, housing, public services, education, credit
AGE Employment and education
SEXUAL ORIENTATION Employment, housing, public accommodations, public services, education, credit, and business
FAMILIAL STATUS Employment, Housing
LOCAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION ACTIVITY Employment

Other prohibited Practices

Aiding/Abetting and Obstruction: The Act prohibits a person from aiding in a violation of the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA), 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.

Reprisal: The Act prohibits reprisal of retaliation because a person opposed a practice forbidden by the MHRA, filed a charge or participated in a matter brought under the Act; or because a person associated with a person or group of persons who are disabled or of a different race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin.