Human Rights & Equal Economic Opportunity

Welcome to the Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO). HREEO champions justice and equity by confronting issues of discrimination and providing innovative avenues for accessibility and economic opportunities for all residents and businesses. HREEO achieves these goals by consistently delivering quality customer service, being a voice and advocate within the city and metro area, building relationships throughout the community, and enforcing laws.

We welcome you to join our efforts.

The Department of Human Rights & Equal Economic Opportunity is composed of several divisions that perform a diverse array of functions.

The Department of Human Rights & Equal Economic Opportunity staffs and partners with several advisory boards, which work to better inform policy makers.   

What is HREEO?  

The City of Saint Paul completed an equal access audit in 2007 to examine the city's contracting and workforce development policies. As a result, HREEO was created to improve the inclusive contracting practices and workforce development strategies of the City of Saint Paul. The department consolidated existing city resources to better serve, monitor, and enforce polices designed to expand economic opportunities and produce a more economically inclusive Saint Paul. 

Watch the HREEO video and learn more about the department. 

Read the 2016 HREEO Annual Report

Visit HREEO Publications for additional event videos and reports.  

2017 Disparity Study 

The Minnesota Department of Administration has completed the 2017 Minnesota Joint Disparity Study. The disparity study found that 22.3 percent of all businesses in Minnesota were owned by women or people of color between 2011 and 2016. The study determined that 16.24 percent of City of Saint Paul contracts went to women and people of color in 2016. 

The results of the new study will help the City of Saint Paul better evaluate and target initiatives aimed at increasing participation of businesses owned by people of color and women.   


Read the City of Saint Paul Executive Summary for Draft Report                             Read the full City of Saint Draft Report

As part of the 2017 Minnesota Joint Disparity Study, Keen Independent Research, the lead research team, is conducting public forums. The public forums are an opportunity to provide public input on the disparity study.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wellstone Center, Room 30
179 Robie Street East
Saint Paul, MN 55107

Monday, February 12, 2018
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Minneapolis Urban League, Laura Scott Williams Room 2100 
Plymouth Avenue North 
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Friday, February 16, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
MnDOT Duluth Headquarters, Lake Superior Room 
1123 Mesaba Avenue 
Duluth, MN 55811

Thursday, February 15, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
MnDOT Rochester Headquarters, East and West Mississippi Rooms 
2900 48th Street NW 
Rochester, MN 55901

Earned Sick and Safe Time

Learn more about the city's Earned Sick and Safe Time ordinance. 

ADA Accommodations Requests

Contact the ADA Coordinator regarding Americans with Disability Act (ADA) requests, accommodations, or questions.