File a Complaint of Discrimination

Intake is the First Step to Filing a Complaint with Our Agency

There is a Time Limit for Filing

The time limit for filing a charge with MDHR is one year from the date of the incident. If you are close to the one-year deadline, contact us immediately by phone at 651.539.1100 / Toll Free 1.800.657.3704.

To speak with someone about your rights under the Minnesota Human Rights Act or to file a charge of discrimination, contact us by one of the methods below.


Call our office at 651.539.1100 (TTY 651.296.1283) or Toll Free at 800.657.3704. Our staff is available to take calls about discrimination complaints by phone, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. You may leave a message after hours and your call will be returned.

Visit our office

Walk-in hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 PM. You do not need an appointment, we take walk-ins on a first come, first served basis. Directions to our St. Paul and St. Cloud offices are available on our contact page.


If you prefer to contact us online, fill out our complaint inquiry form. A department officer will contact you about the information you provide through this form. (Submitting this form does not mean you have filed a complaint.)

You may also email us at

What happens after I speak with the Department of Human Rights about my complaint?

Department staff determine whether your complaint is covered by the Minnesota Human Rights Act. If your complaint is covered by the Act, staff draft a charge of discrimination and mail it to you. You must have your signature notarized on the charge form and return it to the department for filing within the one year period allowed for filing. The one year begins running from the date of the alleged discriminatory act.

If your complaint is not covered by the Act, there is no filing.

To learn more about the department's charge filing process read the Charging Party Guidelines and the MDHR Charge Handling Process.