Minnesota law protects employees from many forms of employment discrimination. The Minnesota Human Rights Act (“MHRA”) and related federal laws strive to rid workplaces of discrimination based on age, disability, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, race, religion and marital status, as well as sexual harassment and hostile work environment when the hostile treatment is due to the employee’s protected status. Service members are also protected from discrimination under “USERRA”.
Employees have additional rights and protections when employers conduct workplace drug and alcohol testing or perform employment background checks. Finally, a wrongful termination may be unlawful and actionable if it violates a state or federal law.