Jurisdiction Chart: Text Version

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

The Department of Human Rights 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.

Race

Employment, housing, public accommodations, public services, education, credit services, and business.

Color

Employment, housing, public accommodations, public services, education, credit services, and business.

Creed

Employment, housing, public accommodations, public services, education, and credit services.

Religion

Employment, housing, public accommodations, public services, education, and credit services.

National Origin

Employment, housing, public accommodations, public services, education, credit services, and business.

Sex

Employment, housing, public accommodations, public services, education, credit services, and business.

Marital Status

Employment, housing, public accommodations, education, and credit services.

Disability

Employment, housing, public accommodations, public services, education, credit services, and business.

Public Assistance

Employment, housing, public services, education, and credit services.

Age

Employment, and education.

Sexual Orientation

Employment, housing, public accommodations, public services, education, credit services, and business.

Familial Status

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.