Yes. This is called the statute of limitations. You have one (1) year from the date the discrimination occurred to file your charge with us. There are very few circumstances in which the law permits a party to file a charge of discrimination more than one year from the date the discrimination occurred. A charge is filed when we receive a signed and notarized charge.
No. You may hire an attorney to represent you at any time, but you are not required to have one. Whether or not you have an attorney will not impact the quality and timeliness of our investigation. If you have an attorney, we will contact you through your attorney.
No. By accepting a charge for filing, we have not determined whether the respondent engaged in discrimination in violation of the Minnesota Human Rights Act. We will conduct an investigation into the facts you alleged, determine what happened, and determine whether the respondent violated the Minnesota Human Rights Act.
No. We will “cross-file” your charge with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) when the facts appear to be a violation of both state and federal laws. We will conduct the investigation and notify the EEOC of our final determination. If you do not agree with our final determination, you may ask the EEOC to review our investigation.
It is common for charging parties to disagree with what is written in the respondent’s answer. If you disagree with the respondent’s answer or wish to explain anything raised in the answer, we encourage you to file a written response. Or, you may wait to speak to your investigator during investigation.
If anyone takes action against you because you contacted a civil rights agency or made a complaint about illegal discrimination against them, you should contact us to determine if a claim of retaliation can be filed with our Department.
Every case is different. How quickly an investigator is assigned depends on the facts of your case, investigator workload, and our resources. When we assign an investigator to your case, we will send you a letter with your investigator’s name and contact information.
You may contact us and ask to withdraw your case. This will end our investigation and we will not make a final determination on your allegations. You may withdraw your case for any reason before we complete our investigation.