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Civil Rights Investigation Process

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights is the state's civil rights enforcement agency and enforces the Minnesota Human Rights Act. Here is some helpful information:

  • The time limit for filing a charge with the Department is one year from the date of the reported incident.
  • You do not need to have an attorney to file a charge with the Department.
  • At any time, the person filing a charge of discrimination may pursue private legal action.

The chart below details our Department investigation process. Download the Civil Rights Investigation Process chart here (PDF 173kb).

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