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The Minnesota Department of Human Rights Government Relations team advances civil rights through public policy by working with communities, public agencies, and elected officials. 

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For additional questions, contact Eric Armacanqui at Eric.Armacanqui@state.mn.us or 651.335.8352.

2022 Legislative Priorities 

As the state's civil rights enforcement agency, we're focused on proposals that advance civil rights and prevent discrimination.

Preventing Pay Discrimination Act

The Preventing Pay Discrimination Act (HF 403) will help close Minnesota’s pay gap by preventing employers from asking prospective employees about their pay history when they apply for a job. Minnesota thrives when women -- including women of color, trans women, and women with disabilities -- are compensated based on their skills, experience, and education and not on their identities.

Take Pride Act

Minnesota has a lot to be prideful of when it comes to LGBTQIA+ rights. Almost 30 years ago, state legislators voted to prohibit sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination. However, a lot has changed since 1993. Now is the time to update sections from the Minnesota Human Rights Act and pass the Take Pride Act (HF 3270/SF 3088).

Crown Act 

The CROWN Act (HF1315/SF1273) provides plain language clarity to the Minnesota Human Rights Act to ensure the definition of race includes natural hairstyles inherent to racial identity. For too long, Black Minnesotans, particularly Black women, have been discriminated against because of their hair. Hair discrimination is race discrimination. 

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