Minnesota Department of Human Rights


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What is the Minnesota Department of Human Rights?

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) is a neutral state agency that investigates charges of illegal discrimination, ensures that businesses seeking state contracts are in compliance with equal opportunity requirements, and strives to eliminate discrimination by educating Minnesotans about their rights and responsibilities under the state Human Rights Act.

Our mission: to enforce Minnesota's anti-discrimination laws.

Our values: quality, timeliness, efficiency service, fairness, and respect.

Our vision: That we will eradicate discrimination and empower every person in Minnesota with the ability to enjoy all of the benefits of society regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, age, sexual orientation, familial status, and public assistance status.


Commissioner KirkpatrickJames Kirkpatrick appointed as Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights by Governor Tim Pawlenty, effective June 1, 2010.


receptionistIf you think you are a victim of discrimination, contact us immediately. Do not wait! You have one year from the date of the alleged discrimination to file with us. You may contact us by phone, email, mail, or in person.


Minnesota Department of Human Rights, 190 East 5th Street, Suite 700, Saint Paul, MN 55101
Contact Us : 651.296.5663 (TTY 651.296.1283); Toll Free 1.800.657.3704; Fax 651.296.9042


Twice a year the Minnesota Department of Human Rights submits its semi-annual Report to the Legislature summarizing the results of its investigation and resolution of human rights complaints.

The department's Strategic Plan strategic plan describes the resources, decisions and direction the department will use to meet its statutory obligations.