Department of Civil Rights

Velma J. Korbel, Director

350 S. 5th St., Room 239
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: (612) 673-3012
Fax: (612) 673-2599
TTY: (612) 673-2157

Office of Police Conduct Review
(612) 673-5500

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday

Related Links

Commission Calendar

Online Civil Rights Complaint

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Rules for Hearings (pdf)

MCCR Internal Operation Rules (pdf)

Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights

Established in 1975, the Civil Rights Commission implements the City's Civil Rights policies through public information, education, mediation, conciliation and enforcement as stated in the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances. The primary objective of the Commission is to promote and protect the civil rights of the citizens of Minneapolis.

The Commission's purpose:

There are 21 members on the Commission, appointed by the Mayor and the City Council. The appointment is for a three year term. Mayoral appointments are subject to approval by the City Council and Council appointments are subject to Mayoral consent.

Executive Committee

The Chair and officers of each standing committee meet monthly to set agenda for regular commission meeting.

Standing Committees

Case Reviews

The Commission is comprised of 21 Minneapolis residents whose primary function as a Commissioner is to serve on administrative hearing panels that decide discrimination cases investigated by the Complaint Investigations Division (Division). The review panel consists of three Commissioners, who have the power to sustain the Division’s determination, reverse the determination, or remand the case back to the Division for further investigation.

If the Director finds probable cause and the matter has not been settled, the case is referred to Public Hearing made up of three Commissioners, one of whom must be an attorney in order to conduct the hearing. The Commissioners hear the case as as administrative trial, make their written findings, and issue an order either dismissing the case or to remedy discrimination. The hearing panel has broad powers: the ability to award damages, punitive damages, attorney fees, and other relief. Commission orders may be appealed for review by the State Court of Appeals.If the Director finds no probable case, a three-person Commission panel may review the determination on the Complainant's appeal.

Meeting Times

The Commission meets on the third Monday of every month at 6:00 p.m. The executive committee meets following the Commission meeting. In instances where the third Monday falls on or near a holiday, the Commission meets on the fourth Monday. Visit the Commission Calendar for the up-to-date meeting schedule.  

Membership

Commissioners must be residents of Minneapolis and must favor the principles of equal opportunity and non-discrimination. Commissioners receive an honorarium for attending Commission meetings. Commissioners are required to adhere to attendance guidelines and Internal Operating Rules and Procedures.

Application materials are available from:

The Office of the City Clerk
304 City Hall
Minneapolis, MN 55415
cityclerk@minneapolismn.gov

Persons may apply on their own behalf or may nominate other persons for consideration.

Last updated May 7, 2014