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Minnesota Makes Changes to Its Anti-Discrimination Laws

Effective July 1, 2024, the Minnesota Human Rights Act (Act), which applies to all employers in the state, is amended to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity. Effective August 1, 2024, several definitions under the Act will be updated, including disability and familial status. Further, discrimination will be broadened to include any form of harassment, not just sexual harassment.  

Next Steps 

Employers should update their employee handbooks including their equal employment and non-discrimination/non-harassment policies, and any related training materials to these changes. In addition, hiring managers and recruiters should be aware of these requirements and be properly trained on any updated recruiting practices and employment documents. 

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