What is the Minnesota Department of Human Rights
The Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) is a neutral state agency that:
- Investigates charges of illegal discrimination,
- Ensures that businesses seeking state contracts are in compliance with equal opportunity requirements, and
- Strives to eliminate discrimination by educating Minnesotans about their rights and responsibilities under the state Human Rights Act.
Our mission: To make Minnesota discrimination free.
Our values: Quality, timeliness, efficiency, service, fairness and respect.
Our vision: That we will eradicate discrimination and empower every person in Minnesota with the ability to enjoy all of the benefits of society regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, age, sexual orientation, familial status, and public assistance status.
Kevin Lindsey was appointed Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights in February 2011. He has more than 25 years of experience in resolving complex legal and public policy questions as an attorney in the private and public sectors. Read more about Commissioner Lindsey here.
Rowzat Shipchandler serves as Deputy Commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. She oversees the operations of the Department and staffs the Civic Engagement Committee, which is seeks to meaningfully engage Minnesotans in public policy decisions. Read more about Deputy Commissioner Shipchandler.
To speak with someone about your rights under the Minnesota Human Rights Act or to file a charge of discrimination, call our office at 651.539.1100 (711 or 1.800.627.3529 MN Relay) or toll free at 800.657.3704. You may also contact us by email, mail, or in person.
Directions & Parking
Find directions to our Saint Paul office here, as well as information on parking options at the capitol complex and delivery and drop-off directions for vendors. Information about our Saint Cloud office is available here.
In the Reports section you'll find data highlighting the Department's performance in investigating charges of discrimination and resolving such charges, as well as the Department's report to the legislature. The Department's affirmative action plan is also available here.