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Who is Protected?

The Minnesota Human Rights Act protects Minnesotans from discrimination based on protected classes. 

A protected class is a group of people qualified for protection against discrimination, harassment, or bias. 

Every person is a member of a protected class because every person, for example, has a race. 

Learn more about the protected classes and areas below. A text version of the chart (PDF) is available here.


Protected Classes & Areas


PROTECTED CLASSES PROTECTED AREAS
RACE Employment, housing, public accommodations, public services, education, credit, and business
COLOR Employment, housing, public accommodations, public services, education, credit, and business
CREED Employment, housing, public accommodations, public services, education, and credit
RELIGION Employment, housing, public accommodations, public services, education, and credit
NATIONAL ORIGIN Employment, housing, public accommodations, public services, education, credit, and business
SEX Employment, housing, public accommodations, public services, education, credit, and business
MARITAL STATUS Employment, housing, public accommodations, education, and credit
DISABILITY Employment, housing, public accommodations, public services, education, credit, and business
PUBLIC ASSISTANCE Employment, housing, public services, education, credit
AGE Employment and education
SEXUAL ORIENTATION Employment, housing, public accommodations, public services, education, credit, and business
GENDER IDENTITY Employment, housing, public accommodations, public services, education, credit, and business
FAMILIAL STATUS Employment, Housing
LOCAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION ACTIVITY Employment
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