Practices Prohibited

Protected Areas

The Minnesota Human Rights Act is the state's comprehensive civil rights
law. The Act prohibits discrimination in business, credit, education, employment, housing, public accommodations and public services. To learn about the prohibited practices in these areas, choose from the menu on your left or from the list below. Each section provides a summary of protections and significant exemptions.

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.

Jurisdiction Chart

The department has jurisdiction to investigate discrimination only if it happens because of a protected class reason. View a jurisdiction chart to see how the Human Rights Act protects everyone in Minnesota.