The Minnesota Human Rights Act

The Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA) prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, public services, and education.  See Minn. Stat. § 363A.02.  With respect to employment, the MHRA prohibits any employer with one or more employees from discriminating against job applicants or employees for any of the following reasons:

  • Race;
  • Color;
  • Creed;
  • Religion;
  • National origin;
  • Sex;
  • Marital status;
  • Status with regard to public assistance;
  • Membership or activity in a local commission;
  • Disability;
  • Sexual orientation;
  • Age; and
  • Familial Status.

See Minn. Stat. § 363A.08, Subd. 2.  In addition, the MHRA requires employers with 15 or more employees to provide reasonable accommodation to the known disability of a qualified disabled person or job applicant unless the employer can demonstrate that the accommodation would impose an undue hardship.  See Minn. Stat. § 363A.08, Subd. 6.

About Michael Miller

Michael is a Chambers-rated attorney in Briggs and Morgan's Employment, Benefits, and Labor group and is head of the firm’s Employment Law Counseling and Compliance practice group. He has 25 years experience counseling employers to prevent unwanted litigation and advises companies of ongoing changes in federal, state and local employment law. Michael advises employers in all areas of employment law including discipline and discharge, leaves of absence, wage and hour compliance, non-compete and confidentiality agreements, affirmative action plans, background checking, and drug/alcohol testing. For Michael's full bio, click here.

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