Significant Reductions in the Minnesota Department of Human Rights Backlog in 2015

While once saddled with a significant backload of cases, in 2015 the Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) continued its pattern of increased case investigations and file closures.

According to statistics posted by the MDHR on December 31, 2015, the inventory of open cases has been reduced form 842 cases in September 2012 to only 390 cases in June 2015. As of June 30, 2015, only 12 cases older than one year existed as compared to 228 cases in June 2012. The MDHR’s average time from filing to a determination is now down to 266 days. This rate represents a 31% reduction in the average determination time as compared to two and a half years ago. These administrative gains have been achieved while investigating all charges filed. The MDHR no longer administratively dismisses cases without investigation.

Takeaway: The MDHR has been diligently working toward prompt investigation and determination of pending filed charges. Accordingly, after receiving a charge, employers should be organized and prepared to provide the agency with responsive information that details the company’s rebuttal to the allegations of discrimination.

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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