The Minnesota Human Rights Act of 1967 protects the civil rights of all Minnesotans in employment, housing, public accommodations, public services, education, credit, and business based on their protected class, such as: race, religion, disability, national origin, sex, martial status, familial status, age, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
Report instances of hate crimes and discrimination using the Minnesota Department of Human Rights online intake form, or by calling the Discrimination Helpline at 1-833-454-0148. The helpline is staffed Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Translation services are available and information about the helpline is available in 17 different languages.
The creation of the Discrimination Helpline comes at a time when there's continued reports from Asian American community members who are experiencing heightened fear and backlash due to COVID-19. One of the disconcerting aspects of the COVID-19 crisis is the continued rise of xenophobia and racism. Viruses don’t discriminate—and neither should we. (Click for a full-size poster image.)
The Minnesota Department of Human Rights works to investigate and eliminate discrimination, educate Minnesotans about their civil rights, and ensure a more equitable and inclusive workforce in Minnesota.