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Author: John H. Lassetter and Patrick F. Martin, Littler Mendelson, PC


  • In addition to the federal equal opportunity laws, Minnesota employers must comply with state and local antidiscrimination laws, including the Minnesota Human Rights Act. See Disability Discrimination in Minnesota.
  • Minnesota law prohibits employers from discriminating against employees and job applicants on the basis of a disability except when based on a bona fide occupational qualification. See The Minnesota Human Rights Act.
  • Minnesota law prohibits employers from administering, requesting, requiring or collecting genetic information regarding an individual as a condition of employment. The law further prohibits employers from terminating or otherwise affecting the terms and conditions of employment based on genetic information. See Genetic Testing.
  • The cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul have enacted ordinances prohibiting discrimination in employment similar to the Minnesota Human Rights Act and Title VII. See Local Ordinances.