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Minnesota's Civil Rights Enforcement Agency


Create a world where everyone can lead lives full of dignity and joy. 


Make Minnesota discrimination free. 

The Minnesota Human Rights is the foundation of our work. 

The Minnesota Human Rights Act -- passed into law in 1967 -- protects the civil rights of all Minnesotans, in every county of the state. The Act protects 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. 

The Minnesota Human Rights Act states that the Department will: 

  • Investigate and eliminate discrimination; 
  • Educate Minnesotans about their civil rights; and
  • Ensure a more equitable and inclusive workforce in Minnesota. 

Civil rights enforcement is essential to building a thriving Minnesota. 

As Minnesota's communities grow older and the population becomes more racially diverse, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights is committed to creating an equitable and inclusive Minnesota, eliminating discrimination, and ending disparities and inequities. The Department works to break down policies and practices that perpetuate structural barriers, such as, racism, ableism, homophobia, and ageism to build strong communities.

Every Minnesotan is worthy of dignity simply because they exist. 

“Discrimination threatens the rights and privileges of the inhabitants of this state and menaces the institutions and foundations of democracy.” – Minnesota Human Rights Act
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