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The information provided here will hopefully begin to answer some of those questions and provide information about the various laws that protect your rights in the workplace.

Minnesota Employment Resources

  • The Minnesota Department of Human Rights' mission is to make Minnesota discrimination free. Their website has a wealth of information on the Minnesota Human Rights Act, including how to identify illegal discrimination based on disability, and how they can help protect your rights if you feel that you have been discriminated against.
    The following links are to incredibly helpful and explanatory articles from the Minnesota Department of Human Rights that may help you better understand the law and what it requires and does not require. By understanding key elements of the law and how they apply to the facts of your individual circumstance, you will be in a better position to protect your rights.

  • The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.
    It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.
    Most employers with at least 15 employees are covered by EEOC laws (20 employees in age discrimination cases). Most labor unions and employment agencies are also covered.
    The laws apply to all types of work situations, including hiring, firing, promotions, harassment, training, wages, and benefits.

    Contact information for the Minnesota office of the EEOC regarding a claim of discrimination or harassment.

Federal Employment Information

The Department of Labor has a wealth of information on many areas of employment law of interest to people with cancer, including: 

Department of Justice 

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