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:

2017 Minnesota Joint Disparity Study

The 2017 Joint Disparity Study examines whether there is a level playing field for minority and women-owned firms in the Minneapolis marketplace in its public procurement. Keen Independent Research performed the study for the City of Minneapolis and eight other state and local government entities. For more information about the study, please visit the Minnesota Department of Administration website 

The public comment period for the 2017 Joint Disparity Study Draft Report is now open. You may attend an in-person listening session or submit comments directly to the City of Minneapolis on the form below.

All comments will be retained as part of the study document. The period for receiving public comments will close on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 4 p.m. 

Public Listening Sessions

Keen Independent Research will be hosting several listening sessions. In addition, the Department of Civil Rights will be hosting the following listening sessions: 

Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018*
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Location: Minneapolis Central Library – Pohlad Hall

Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018*
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Sibley Recreation Center - Multipurpose Room

*Limited refreshments available

Department Outreach

The Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights is a part of an outreach collaborative which unites the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, Minneapolis EEOC, and City of St. Paul Human Rights & Equal Economic Opportunity Office. This partnership is purposed to maximize resources and reach more people in the region who may be affected by discrimination. We kicked off our first event of the season as a participant in the Cinco De Mayo celebration. In June, we attended the Juneteenth Festival and Twin Cities Pride, and July brought us to Somali Independence Day and Rondo Days. We finished up our outreach season at Urban League Family Day on August 26.  We want to thank everyone who stopped by our tables to talk to us. We've had an wonderful time meeting everybody and talking about the work that is our passion. Please look for us at other events around the Twin Cities! 




Hate Crime Hotline  

Minneapolis is committed to human rights and racial equity for everyone who lives in, works in, and visits our city. To advance this mission, the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights has partnered with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, the St. Paul Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity, local law enforcement agencies, and the FBI to provide a new tool for reporting violations of existing human rights laws and ordinances in the city of Minneapolis and around the state. Anyone subjected to a bias-motivated incident in Minnesota is encouraged to call 612-673-3000 (311 if within Minneapolis).

Hate Crime      

Download a high-resolution PDF version for print. Posters in Somali, Spanish, and Hmong coming soon.

Hate Crimes

A hate crime is a crime against a person or property motivated by bias against the victim’s or another’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age, or national origin. To report a hate crime, call 911 or your local police immediately if the crime is happening right now. Otherwise, call 612-673-3000 (311 if within Minneapolis).  


Unlawful discrimination in Minneapolis means an action in employment, real estate, public accommodations (stores, restaurants, etc.), public service, schools, and lending that negatively impacts an individual because of his or her “race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, including sexual harassment, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance or familial status.” MCRO § 139.10.  

Report Discrimination

Minneapolis Department
of Civil Rights

(612) 673-3012

St. Paul Department of Human Rights and
Equal Economic Opportunity

(651) 266-8966

Minnesota Department of
Human Rights

(651) 539-1100 or (800) 657-3704

 The Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights upholds and enforces the city’s anti-discrimination and anti-harassment laws. We also investigate allegations of police misconduct. We are an important resource. If you, your family or someone you know experiences harassment or discrimination based on their race, religion, national origin, sex, LGBT status or other protected classes,  or have been the victim of police misconduct, please contact us.


Minneapolis Urban Scholars