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Your Rights in Business


Prohibited Practices in Business

Under the Minnesota Human Rights Act, business is a protected area, and it is illegal to treat you differently in business because of your race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation.

With some exceptions, the following actions are violations of the Human Rights Act in business because of your protected class status.

Businesses or corporations:

  • Refuse to contract with certain individuals  
  • Refuse to do business with or offer less affordable terms and conditions to certain individuals.
  • Require, as a condition of contract, that a woman use her current surname rather than her former surname
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