The Minnesota Human Rights Act, which applies to all employers in the state, prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race or color (MN Stat. Sec. 363A.03 et seq.). Under the Act, it is unlawful to:
• Refuse to hire or to maintain a system of employment that unreasonably excludes a person seeking employment because of race or color, unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ).
• Discharge or discriminate against a person with respect to hiring, tenure, compensation, terms, upgrading, conditions, facilities, or privileges of employment.
• Require or request a person to furnish information that pertains to race or color.
• Seek and obtain information regarding race or color for purposes of making a job decision, information from any source, unless for the purpose of compliance with any rule, regulation, or law of the United States or of the state that require the information.
• Print or publish a notice or advertisement that relates to employment and discloses a preference, limitation, specification, or discrimination based on race or color, unless based on a BFOQ.
• Aid, abet, incite, compel, or coerce a person to commit acts prohibited by the Act.
• Obstruct or prevent a person from complying with the Act or with an order of the Minnesota Human Rights Commissioner.
The Act also prohibits employers from engaging in any reprisal against a person because he or she has opposed an unlawful discriminatory practice, filed a charge, testified, assisted, or participated in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing under the Act (MN Stat. Sec. 363A.15). Under the Act, a reprisal includes any form of intimidation, retaliation, or harassment.