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

The Act prohibit encouraging, compelling, coercing or assisting unlawful discrimination, and intentionally obstructing or preventing individuals from complying with the Human Rights Act or the Department from enforcing the Human Rights Act.

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.

Additional Prohibited Practices - The Act prohibit encouraging, compelling, coercing or assisting unlawful discrimination, and intentionally obstructing or preventing individuals from complying with the Human Rights Act or the Department from enforcing the Human Rights Act.

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.