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What is Protected?

The Minnesota Human Rights Act is the state's comprehensive civil rights law, which prohibits discrimination. 


Deadline: For Filing a Claim

You must file a charge within one year of when the discrimination occurred or when you learned of the discrimination. If you fail to file your charge within one year, you will lose your ability to obtain relief under the Human Rights Act.

What is Protected?

The Minnesota Human Rights Act  is a state law prohibiting discrimination in Minnesota. The Act prohibits discrimination in business, credit, education, employment, housing, public accommodations and public services. Learn more about the prohibited practices in these areas below:

Other Prohibited Practices 

The Act prohibits 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 of discrimination 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 prohibits 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 the jurisdiction chart to see how the Human Rights Act protects everyone in Minnesota.

Learn More

Learn more about your rights under the Minnesota Human Rights Act and the role of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights in ending discrimination.

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