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

Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights

The mission of the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) is to enforce Minneapolis Code of Ordinances Title 7 (non-discrimination); Title 9, Chapter 172 (police conduct oversight); Title 16, Chapter 423 (small and underutilized business programs); Title 2, Chapter 24 (prevailing wage); and to promote understanding of civil rights among residents, businesses and government. The Department will carry out this mission by:

Latest News & Updates

  April is Fair Housing Month

April 17, 2018

This April, as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we also mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. Commonly referred to as the Fair Housing Act, this legislation was co-sponsored by Senators Edward Brooke and Walter Mondale and was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson just 7 days after the assassination of Dr. King. 

Just as it was five decades ago, the Fair Housing Act remains a cornerstone in the fight against discrimination and unjust outcomes in our communities. Along with disparities in economic development, education, healthcare, and criminal justice (to name a few), access to housing is one of the many interconnected issues that contribute to the inequities we see today. 

To kick off Fair Housing Month this year, the Department held its first meeting of the Civil Rights Housing Advisory Group on April 12th. Composed of external and internal stakeholders who are policy experts, the group will work with Civil Rights staff in the coming months to advance the goals of fair and affordable housing for the residents of Minneapolis. Through discussion and analysis, the group will examine various policies and processes, identifying ways the Department can leverage its authority to facilitate change. 

We look forward to sharing more about the Housing Advisory Group in the future!

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The Civil Rights Labor Standards Enforcement Division: Educating Employers and Enforcing New Labor Laws

March 7, 2018

In its first year of operation, the Minneapolis Labor Standards Enforcement Division (LSED) has worked diligently to conduct outreach and education to employers, employees, and the general public on changes to local labor laws and policies to mitigate violations and to increase compliance. LSED is responsible for enforcing the City’s Sick and Safe Time Ordinance, which went into effect on July 1st, 2017 and its Municipal Minimum Wage Ordinance, which took effect on January 1st, 2018.

Outreach to Employers, Employees, and the General Public

  • Since the Sick and Safe Time Ordinance went into effect, LSED has worked with over 700 employers to provide information and technical assistance.
  • LSED has written enforcement rules for both ordinances and responded to more than 1000 inquiries from employers and workers. To date, LSED has also conducted 64 informational meetings or outreach events to groups of employers and employees.
  • In order to better inform the public about changes under the new ordinances, LSED also launched a media campaign that included paid media and earned media to raise awareness in neighborhoods and communities where workers stand to be most impacted by both ordinances. Additionally, LSED created websites, published frequently asked questions (FAQs) for both ordinances, and created posters in multiple languages to increase access across diverse communities.

Investigating Violations and Enforcing Employer Compliance

  • To date, LSED has completed 78 investigations as a result of complaints from employees; 55 of which confirmed some type of initial violation and ended with an employer’s compliance.
  • In January, LSED ordered the largest settlement to date, $11,000 for an employee who had been the subject of a sick time violation by their employer.

LSED has also recruited volunteers for the Workplace Advisory Committee (WAC) from large business, small business, government, and non-profit organizations to represent a variety of perspectives as the WAC assists with implementation and future labor standards policy recommendations. LSED has made great strides with just a three-person staff and a tremendous amount of relationship-building with City departments and willing partners throughout the city. Stay tuned.  


Last updated Jun 8, 2018



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