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.   

HREEO Commissions Annual Summit 

The Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity Commission, Advisory Committee on Aging, Mayor's Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities, and Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission are hosting a joint strategic planning retreat on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The summit will be an opportunity for commissioners to learn more about city initiatives, network with other commission members, and discuss commission goals. The retreat will be held at Arlington Hills Community Center (1200 Payne Ave, St Paul, MN 55130). The summit is open to the public. ​

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 2018 HREEO Annual Report

Visit HREEO Publications for additional event videos and reports.             

$15 Minimum Wage 

Learn more about the city's minimum wage ordinance.