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Human Rights Commission




The Human Rights Commission seeks to ensure equal opportunity in employment, housing, public accommodations, public services and education. It assists the Minnesota Department of Human Rights in implementing state laws against discrimination and advises the City Council on long-range programs to ensure that human service needs are met.


Nine citizens representing the city at-large


One staff liaison, one City Council liaison


Three years


3rd Thursday of every month, 6:00 p.m.

Time commitment (approximate)

Two to five hours per month

What is illegal discrimination?

The Minnesota Human Rights Act (Minn. Statutes, Chapter 363A), the state’s comprehensive civil rights law, declares that certain types of differential treatment are unfair, discriminatory practices and against the law. The Act prohibits discrimination in employment, housing and real property, public accommodations, public services, education, credit services and business.

Not every act that is unfair or unreasonable is illegal. To be considered unlawful under the Human Rights Act, the discrimination must have happened because of one of the following reasons:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Creed
  • Religion
  • National origin
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
  • Marital status
  • Physical or mental disability
  • Receipt of public assistance
  • Age
  • Family status (housing only)
  • Human Rights Commission activity (employment only).

These personal characteristics are also called “protected classes.”

Does that mean that only some people — and not others — are protected by the Human Rights Act?

No: the Human Rights Act protects everyone in Minnesota, because everyone has a race, sex, and many of the other characteristics that are covered.

If you feel like you have been discriminated in Brooklyn Park, fill out the Bias Complaint form.

More information

Visit the Minnesota Department of Human Rights

Commission members

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NameJob TitlePhoneContact
*Freeman-Gbogba, Wokie Assistant City Manager/Staff Liaison 763-493-8005 
Coleman, Jacqueline Human Rights Commissioner  
Dawano, Edao Human Rights Commissioner  
Eriksen, Christian Human Rights Commissioner  
Fowler, Michael Human Rights Commission Chair  
Freemon, Linda Human Rights Commissioner  
Gray, Edmond Human Rights Commissioner  
Pha, Susan Council Member / EDA Commissioner West District 763-315-8496 
Smith, Jamison Human Rights Commissioner  
Vang, Ty Human Rights Commissioner  
Warren, John Human Rights Commissioner  
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Contact us

City Hall

5200 85th Ave. N.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
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Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phone and email

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Thursday, March 16, 2017
Human Rights Commission

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Human Rights Commission
Agenda / Minutes

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Human Rights Commission
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