Discrimination means that an individual (or group) is being treated unfairly or unequally based on a protected characteristic. In Minnesota, these protected characteristics are race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, or disability. Discrimination can occur as a result of stereotype or intentional discrimination, or it can occur when an organization’s policy or practice affects a group of people differently than it affects another group. Although everyone is protected from discrimination, discrimination occurs when you are treated differently because of a particular protected characteristic.

If you feel that your or your student has been the victim of discrimination, you can file a complaint with your school district, with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights or with the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) does not have jurisdiction to investigate discrimination complaints.

Minnesota Department of Human Rights

U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights

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