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.