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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Cross-Filing

First Step

The Department of Human Rights will accept for filing any jurisdictional charge drafted by an attorney as long as the attorney also signs the charge form and provides their registration number.

Writing a Charge

Please remember that the Minnesota Department of Human Rights is an investigative agency, not a court. Charges need to clearly identify only the basic jurisdictional facts and the applicable statutory provisions. Additional factual details can be provided in the completed intake questionnaire. In accordance with Minn. Stat. § 363A.28, the department serves all charges on the named respondent within 10 days of their filing.

A charge writing guide is available here.

Attorney Packet

To request an Attorney Packet with copies of the necessary forms, send an email with your name, mailing address and attorney license number to: or call 651.539.1100.

What Happens Next

Department staff determine whether your complaint is covered by the Minnesota Human Rights Act. If your complaint is covered by the Act, staff draft a charge of discrimination and mail it to you. You must have your signature notarized on the charge form and return it to the department for filing within the one year period allowed for filing. The one year begins running from the date of the alleged discriminatory act.

If your complaint is not covered by the Act, there is no filing.

To learn more about the department's charge filing process read the Charging Party Guidelines and the MDHR Charge Handling Process.

Your Options

MDHR receives complaints of discrimination, referred to as charges, and conducts investigations. When the Department conducts investigations into charges of discrimination, it acts as a neutral enforcement agency. If the Department concludes that discrimination likely occurred, which we refer to as "probable cause," we attempt to negotiate a settlement of the dispute. If we are unable to negotiate a settlement, we may refer the matter to the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General for litigation."

Take the First Step by Consulting with an Investigator

If you have questions about civil rights or believe you have been discriminated against, contact the Minnesota Department of Human Rights on the phone, in-person, or online. If your situation is covered by the Minnesota Human Rights Act, staff may recommend a variety of options including training, mediation, or drafting a charge of discrimination.


Call our office at 651.539.1133 (MN Relay 711 or 1.800.627.3529) or Toll Free at 1.800.657.3704. Our staff is available to take calls about discrimination complaints by phone, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. You may leave a message after hours and your call will be returned.

Visit our office

Walk-in hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (By appointment only, please call to schedule). Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (No appointment needed, we take walk-ins on a first come, first served basis). Directions to our St. Paul and St. Cloud offices are available on our contact page.


If you prefer to contact us online, fill out our complaint inquiry form. A department investigator will contact you about the information you provide through this form. (Submitting this form does not mean you have filed a complaint.)

You may also email us at

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