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Human Rights Department

Also known as:
Minnesota Department of Human Rights
Active dates:1967-

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.

Preceded by:
Governor's Interracial Commission
Governor's Human Rights Commission
Governor's Commission on Status of Women

Governor's Interracial Commission 1943 - 1967 (under another name for the years 1956-1967)

In 1956, when Minnesota enacted a Fair Employment Practices law, the commission's name changed to the Governor's Human Rights Commission (GHRC).

1955 Minn. Laws Chap. 516 s 1,6 established the State Fair Employment Practices Commission. 1961 Minn. Laws Subd. 3. changed the State Fair Employment Practices Commission to the State Commission Against Discrimination (SCAD). In 1967, the Department of Human Rights was established to succeed the State Commission Against Discrimination (expanding the scope of SCAD). Specific procedures for enforcement of Minnesota State Act Against Discrimination were established, including investigation, conciliation, public hearings, and appeal. The Department absorbed the duties of the Governor's Human Rights Commission, the Minneapolis Mayor's Council on Human Relations, and the Governor's Commission on the Status of Women, which had been created by Executive order in 1963.

Agency heads:

Commissioner; term, 4 years or pleasure of governor

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Record last updated: 02/05/2019

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