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Human Rights Commission

Human Rights Commission

About

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.

Roles and duties

The Human Rights Commission promotes equity and inclusion in the community and works to ensure equal opportunity in employment, housing, public accommodations and services, education and full participation in the affairs of the city for all members of the community. Some of the important duties include:
  • Receive discrimination complaints and figure out if the complaint should be forwarded to the Minnesota Department of Human Rights for further action or to Community Mediation and Restorative Services for conflict resolution
  • Partner with other organizations and individuals to educate the community and end discrimination and inequities
  • Advise the Mayor, City Council and city staff on civil and human rights issues 
  • Help in planning to protect the human rights of all members of the community
 

Members

Nine citizens representing the city at-large

Liaisons

One staff liaison, one City Council liaison

Term

Three years

Meets

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  
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
View map and directions to City Hall

Hours

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Holiday hours

We are closed December 25 for Christmas and January 1 for New Year's Day.

Phone and email

Contact the Human Rights Commission

Agendas

Thursday, March 16, 2017
Human Rights Commission
Agenda

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

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Human Rights Commission
Agenda / Minutes

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