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What is Protected?

What is Protected?

The Minnesota Human Rights Act is the state's civil rights law that prohibits discrimination in business, credit, education, employment, housing, public accommodations and public services. Not every unfair act in an area is illegal. Learn more about the prohibited practices and examples of what could be illegal discrimination in these areas below.

If you witnessed or experienced discrimination, complete this form or call the Discrimination Helpline at 1-833-454-0148.

Business

Businesses or corporations cannot discriminate against you because of your race, color, national origin, sex, disability, and sexual orientation. 

Credit

Stores or any other institutions offering personal or commercial credit cannot treat you differently because of your race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, public assistance, and sexual orientation. 

Education

Schools cannot treat you differently because of your race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, status with regard to public assistance, age or sexual orientation. 

Employment

Employers cannot treat you differently because of your race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, public assistance, age, sexual orientation, familial status, or local human rights commission activity. 

Housing

Property owners cannot treat you differently because of your race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, public assistance, sexual orientation, or familial status. 

Public Accommodations

A public accommodation is an entity which provides goods, services or facilities to the public. Businesses, entertainment providers, transportation facilities, etc., cannot treat you differently because of your race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability or sexual orientation. 

Public Services

A government entity cannot treat you differently because of your race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation, or public assistance. 

Reprisal and Other Prohibited Practices

It is illegal to discriminate against a person who has opposed a practice forbidden under the Minnesota Human Rights Act or has filed a charge, testified, assisted, or participated in any manner in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing under the Minnesota Human Rights Act.
 
It is also illegal to:
  • Discriminate against an individual who has associated with a person or group of people who are disabled or who are of a different race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin
  • Compel, coerce or assist in unlawful discrimination
  • Intentionally obstruct or prevent individuals from complying with the Human Rights Act or the Department from enforcing the Human Rights Act
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