Education Plays a Key Role
In the struggle to end discrimination in Minnesota, local human rights commissions play an important role. While commissions may engage in a variety of activities, from sponsoring student essay contests to mediating local disputes, most focus their resources on education and encouraging a positive environment in their communities. There are approximately 40 local commissions in communities throughout Minnesota.
Local commissions are agencies of a city, county, or group of counties that have been established by charter or ordinance. The Minnesota Human Rights Act, Section 363A.07, addresses their role and jurisdiction. In addition, the Act provides that it is illegal for an employer to take any adverse action against a person because of their membership or activity in a local human rights commission.