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The Minnesota Department of Human Rights is the state agency within the Governor’s Cabinet responsible for enforcing the Minnesota Human Rights Act. The Human Rights Act is a state law prohibiting discrimination in Minnesota. Every person in Minnesota is protected by the Human Rights Act because every person, based on personal characteristics such as race or sex, belongs to one or more of the protected classes below:
• National Origin
• Marital Status
• Familial Status
• Public Assistance Status
• Sexual Orientation
• Local Human Rights Commission Activity
The Human Rights Act protects everyone in Minnesota because everyone has a race, sex, and many of the other characteristics that are listed.