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Who is Protected?

Protecting Everyone in Minnesota

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

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


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
FAMILIAL STATUS         Employment, Housing
LOCAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION ACTIVITY         Employment

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