Addressing Discrimination During COVID-19

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Viruses Don't Discriminate and Neither Should We

In moments of fear and uncertainty, it's unfortunately common to see heightened incidents of discrimination, bias, and hate crimes occur. And right now we’re hearing from our Asian American community that it is experiencing backlash due to COVID -19. This is not acceptable. Below are three ways you can help. 

1. Report Hate and Discrimination

If anyone is a victim of a hate crime because of fear around COVID-19, please contact the police. 

If anyone experienced discrimination in their job, housing, or in a public place, contact our office. We enforce the Minnesota Human Rights Act that prohibits discrimination based on someone’s race, ethnicity, or other protected classes. 

How to Connect With Us:

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Complete and submit this online form

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Send us an email at

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Call us at 651-539-1133 or 1-800-657-3704

Translation and/or interpretation is available. 

2. Share Accurate Information 

The Minnesota Department of Health's website has video PSA's, print materials, and translated documents to assist with preparing for and responding to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Hotlines:
Community mitigation (schools, child care, business) questions:
651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504
7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Health questions:
651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903
7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

3. Amplify on Social Media

Help spread the word on social media so communities know they can reach out to our Department if they have experienced discrimination. 

Worker Protections Related to COVID-19

Individuals with disabilities have the right to request “reasonable accommodations” from employers who are subject to the Americans with Disabilities Act and/or the Minnesota Human Rights Act.

If you have a disability that affects your risk for contracting COVID-19 or being harmed if you do contract this virus, you should request a reasonable accommodation from your employer.

Generally, people with an underlying health condition (compromised immune system, currently or recently pregnant, heart disease, lung disease, etc.) can request a reasonable accommodation (i.e. telework, stagger work schedule, change work stations to practice social distancing). For a comprehensive list of underlying health conditions that may increase the risk of serious COVID-19 please visit the Minnesota Department of Health.

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