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. 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.
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.