Human Rights

Overview

The Human Rights Division of the Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity is responsible for investigating complaints of discrimination that have taken place within the City of Saint Paul.

The Human Rights Division is a neutral, fact-finding agency and does not represent either party in its investigations. Please note that as a matter of practice, to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest, the Human Rights division does not investigate charges of discrimination filed against another department of the City of Saint Paul. City of Saint Paul Legislative Code Chapter 183 empowers the Human Rights division to investigate human rights complaints on the basis of:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Creed
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Marital Status
  • Familial Status
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation
  • National Origin
  • Ancestry
  • Status with regard to Public Assistance

Human Rights & Equal Economic Opportunity Commission

The HREEO Commission is responsible for monitoring and advising the department on promoting justice, equity, and confronting discriminatory practices occurring within the City of Saint Paul. The HREEO Commission hears and determines discrimination complaints, serves in an advisory capacity to the Human Rights Director, and serves as the Fair Housing Council. 

Mayor's Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities

Human Rights Specialists serve as the city-staff liaisons for the Mayor's Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities (MACPD). The MACPD is responsible for advising and making recommendations to the Mayor and City Council regarding problems, issues, and opportunities facing people with disabilities, specifically, focusing on issues related to employment, public education, and accessibility.

Human Rights Specialists

Human Rights Specialists conduct investigations based on complaints the division receives. Upon investigation of a complaint and applicable law, Human Rights Specialists make a recommendation of Probable Cause (PC) or No Probable Cause (NPC) subject to the approval of the director. Human Rights Specialists may also facilitate Pre-Determination Settlement Agreements (PDSA) and conciliation sessions when there is a finding of PC.

Additional Human Rights and Fair Housing information

The Human Rights Division also performs educational functions such as informing Saint Paul residents and community members about the importance of creating an inclusive community. Contact us for additional information or to request for a presentation.