Federal and State Laws
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Federal and State Laws

Federal and State Laws

The Office of Equality and Civil Rights is guided by and ensures the implementation of the following laws:

Federal

For general Equal Employment Opportunity information, please visit the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission website. https://www.eeoc.gov/

Executive Order 11246, as amended, prohibits job discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin, and requires affirmative action to ensure equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/history/35th/thelaw/eo-11246.html

Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, prohibits job discrimination because of handicap and requires affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified individuals with handicaps who, with reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of a job. https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/sec503.htm

38 U.S.C. 4212 of the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended, prohibits job discrimination and requires affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified Vietnam era veterans and qualified special disabled veterans. https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/statutes/4212.htm

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, prohibits discrimination in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job training, classification, referral, and other aspects of employment, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/statutes/titlevii.cfm

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, protects qualified applicants and employees with disabilities from discrimination in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, job training, fringe benefits, classification, referral, and other aspects of employment on the basis of disability. https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/statutes/ada.cfm

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended, protects applicants and employees 40 years of age or older from discrimination on the basis of age in hiring, promotion, discharge, compensation, terms, conditions or privileges of employment. https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/statutes/adea.cfm

The Equal Pay Act of 1963, as amended, prohibits sex discrimination in payment of wages to women and men performing substantially equal work in the same establishment. https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/statutes/epa.cfm

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended, prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs or activities which receive Federal assistance. https://www.justice.gov/crt/overview-title-ix-education-amendments-1972-20-usc-1681-et-seq

Minnesota

Minnesota Human Rights Act is a state law prohibiting discrimination in Minnesota. Every person in Minnesota is protected by the Human Rights Act as every person, based on their personal characteristics such as a person’s race or sex, belongs to one or more of the Protected Classes: Race, Color, Creed, Religion, National Origin, Sex, Marital Status, Familial Status, Disability, Public Assistance Status, Age, Sexual Orientation, and Local Human Rights Commission Activity. http://mn.gov/mdhr/yourrights/mhra.html

School Student Bullying Policy is a state law that prohibits bullying by a student against another student enrolled in a public school. https://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/statutes/?id=121A.031