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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. Every person is a member of a protected class; for example, every person has a race and a sex. There are exceptions to some provisions of the Act, and not every class is protected in each area as explained in the jurisdiction chart. 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, which is encouraging, compelling, coercing or assisting unlawful discrimination, and efforts to obstruct people from obeying or enforcing the law.

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Protected Classes & Areas


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 or 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.

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