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Under the Minnesota Human Rights Act, employment is a protected area, and it is illegal to treat you differently in employment because of your: race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, public assistance, age, sexual orientation, or local human rights commission activity.

With limited exceptions, the following actions constitute a violation the Human Rights Act in employment when, because of your protected class status:

Labor organizations unfairly deny membership, fail to represent members, expel a member, or establish unfair terms, fail to refer for jobs, or otherwise treat members differently;

Employers unfairly refuse to hire, discharge, or establish unfair terms, conditions or privileges of employment;

Employment agencies unfairly refuse to refer a person for employment, reject job applications, or comply with discriminatory requests by employers;

Labor organizations, employers, employment agencies require or request that a job applicant furnish information that pertains to protected characteristics or undergo a physical examination.

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