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Human Rights Commission

Member of the Brooklyn Park 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

Apply to become a commissioner

Applications are always welcome! Applications are kept on file for one year. As openings occur, applicants are notified of openings and invited to participate in the commission interview process.

Fill out an application

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

Council liaison

Bob Mata

Staff liaison

Wokie Freeman-Gbogba

Commission members

Name District representing Term ends
Edao Dawano West April 1, 2020
Christian Eriksen City at-large April 1, 2020
Linda Freemon City at-large April 1, 2019
John Mark Hostetler West April 1, 2021
Nausheena Hussain East April 1, 2020
Mary Pargo Central April 1, 2019
Ty Vang East April 1, 2019
Scott Volltrauer City at-large April 1, 2021
Vacant Central April 1, 2021

 

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.

Phone and email

Wokie Freeman-Gbogba
Assistant City Manager
763-493-8005
Email Wokie Freeman-Gbogba

Agendas

Thursday, June 21, 2018
Human Rights Commission
Agenda

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Human Rights Commission
Agenda / Minutes

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Human Rights Commission
Agenda / Minutes

News

Mayor's Minutes
8/27/2018 4:44:00 PM
 
 
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