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August 2019 Newsletter

Important Cases Move Forward

Press Conference

As part of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights' (MDHR) ongoing commitment to ensure Minnesotans can live full lives, free from sexual assault and harassment, MDHR announced two cases on August 1 at a press conference. The two cases involve sexual assault and harassment of minors and individuals who failed to act in their positions of authority.  

The first case involves a settlement agreement with Ramsey County. The county refused to act when a then 16-year-old seasonal lifeguard repeatably reported being sexual assaulted by her supervisor.

At the press conference, MDHR also announced a lawsuit against West Lutheran High School. During the 2014-15 school year, West Lutheran High School failed to protect a then ninth grader who was sexually harassed and assaulted multiple times by other students. Rather than ensuring the student’s safety, the school retaliated against her by preventing her from returning for her tenth grade year.

READ: Minnesota Public Radio's coverage of the announcement

Irina's Quote

Another important case moved forward this month. The court announced that MDHR can join the lawsuit against the Anoka-Hennepin School District and School Board for violating the Minnesota Human Rights Act by discriminating against a transgender student. 

In March 2019, MDHR filed to intervene in the lawsuit after its investigation uncovered that Anoka-Hennepin, the largest school district in the State, unlawfully segregated the student from his classmates by relegating him to a separate changing space, based solely on his gender identity.

READ: StarTribune's story on the lawsuit

Join us at the Minnesota State Fair

I love civil rights

MDHR staff will be a the Minnesota Council on Disability's booth in the Education Building. Stop by and say hello and pick up a "I Love Civil Rights" button. 

Monday, August 26           9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 27           9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 28     1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, August 30               9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.      

Exciting Changes to Human Rights Symposium 

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For more than 20 years, MDHR organized an annual event to celebrate civil rights. We're excited to announce the next celebration will coincide with the 53rd anniversary of the signing of the Minnesota Human Rights Act in June 2020. You'll receive a save the date with more details soon.

Disability Rights are Civil Rights

ADA Celebration

Thank you everyone who attended the 29th Anniversary Celebration of the ADA! More than 200 people attend, representing a diverse cross section of abilities. 

The celebration was an opportunity to honor the work that has been done over the past 29 years to ensure the civil rights of people with disabilities are protected. MDHR looks forward to continuing this work and celebrating the 30th anniversary next year! 

Work at the Department of Human Rights

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Do you have a passion for civil rights? Join MDHR as the Government Relations Director or a Human Rights Investigator.

Government Relations Director (JOB ID: 34516)

This position builds relationships with communities, governments, and elected officials to create and implement laws and policies to ensure the civil rights of all Minnesotans are protected.

Salary range: $30.25 - $44.98/hourly; $63,162 - 93,918/annually

Application open until Tuesday, August 20. Cover letter is required.

Human Rights Investigators (Job ID: 34747)

MDHR is hiring two investigators. This position works one-on-one with Minnesotans to thoroughly and responsively analyze and investigate claims of discrimination.

Salary range: $21.45 - $ 31.29/hourly; $44,788 - $65,334 /annually

Application open until Thursday, August 22. Cover letter is required. 

How to Apply

Click “Apply” at the bottom of the full job description on the State of Minnesota Careers website. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the job information line at 651.259.3637.

St. Paul Office Moved

Griggs Building

MDHR has a new St. Paul office located on Fairview Avenue at 540 Fairview Ave N, Suite 201, St. Paul, MN 55104.

Free parking to the public is available at the north end of the building off of Fairview Avenue. The office is also located right off of the Fairview Avenue Green Line station and bus routes 16 and 67. MDHR’s hours, phone numbers, and services are the same.

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