Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity 

Welcome to the Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO). HREEO is serving Saint Paul residents and businesses by advancing justice through advocacy and enforcement. HREEO achieves its mission by upholding the following values:

  • Trust and accountability
  • Community Inclusion
  • Openness
  • Continuous Improvement

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.   

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month 

Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) celebrates workers with disabilities and reminds employers of the importance of inclusive hiring practices. Employers of any size, in any industry—as well as community organizations, advocacy groups and schools—are encouraged to participate. The City of Saint Paul believes NDEAM is an opportunity to promote efforts to educate ourselves and others about disability employment issues, and to celebrate the many and varied contributions of workers with disabilities. For more resources and information for employers visit the City of Saint Paul’s ADA page.

The City of Saint Paul proclaimed Thursday, October 8, 2020, National Disability Employment Awareness Month in the City of Saint Paul. Read the proclamation

Americans with Disabilities Act turns 30

Join us in commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as we continue our work to make sure all of us can fully access and participate in everything our city has to offer. Watch Mayor Carter and Director Val Jensen recognize the importance of the landmark civil rights law.

HREEO Service Changes

While Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO) walk-up services are closed in alignment with public health official guidance around COVID-19, HREEO remains open to respond to the needs of the community. Staff are working remotely and able to assist.

Individuals can file complaints either over the phone or electronically. Please note that many HREEO commissions and committee meetings will be held remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

For general inquiries, please call the HREEO general line at (651) 266-8966 or email:


The City of Saint Paul has a phone line and email address to answer questions about the our response to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Interpreters are available to answer questions in Hmong, Somali, and Spanish. Learn more at

Phone Number: 651-266-6000

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. 

Read the 2019 HREEO Annual Report

Visit HREEO Publications for additional event videos and reports.             ​

Last Edited: October 30, 2020