Minnesota Department of Human Rights

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Tania Z. Chance filed complaint against Burnsville superintendent before taking buyout

    ​It certainly seems there's something fishy going on in the Burnsville school district with regard to the Tania Z. Chance controversy -- something district administrators are trying to sweep under the rug.Chance, 39, was the district's human resources director until she accepted a curiosity-piquin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    Target Field guard scolded lesbian Twins fans for kissing

    The guard has been reprimanded, but still works at the stadium.​Taylor Campione and Kelsi Culpepper -- two lesbian women from Minneapolis -- were recently scolded by a Target Field security guard for what they call a "brief kiss." After seeing the quick peck on the lips, the guard told the wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    Lesbians scolded by Target Field security guard speak out on forbidden kiss [VIDEO]

    Photo by Andy MannixTaylor Campione and Kelsi Culpepper hope their story can be a lesson for others.​Earlier today, we reported the story of Taylor Campione and Kelsi Culpepper, two lesbians who were scolded by a security guard at Target Field for a peck on the lips. Since the story's publication ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Deborah York resigns teaching post after fighting off first-grader

    Via Fox 9Deborah York moves on.​It was the "Blackboard Jungle" out in suburban Edina in November 2009, but instead of Glenn Ford facing down high school thugs, it was teacher Deborah York struggling to deal with an obstreperous first-grader. That's right. A first-grader. By the time the confront ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    Teacher Walter Filson sues state after being publicly linked to gay taunts

    Anoka-Hennepin teacher Walter Filson isn't laughing. ​Anoka-Hennepin teacher Walter Filson thought it would be funny to taunt a boy in his class about liking to dress in women's clothes, and having a thing for older men. He didn't think it was so funny when his own name was made public, after ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Chad Hartman finds no love for Steve Horner on WCCO-830

    Hartman doesn't see the resemblance between this guy and Jesus.​WCCO-830's Chad Hartman doesn't understand Steve Horner's quest to criminalize ladies' night, but he tried to find some love for him anyway. On his radio show yesterday, Hartman discussed City Pages' story about Horner's plans to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2010

    Peter Rickmyer, Level 3 sex offender, hollers discrimination

    The perpetual Jordan neighborhood gadfly has filed a complaint with the Minneapolis Department of Human Rights claiming he's being discriminated against for his sexual orientation.

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    Teacher Diane Cleveland's rights violated by Human Rights department

    Photo: dave mcmtDiane Cleveland had a right to privacy, a judge says.​Anoka-Hennepin teacher Diane Cleveland's privacy rights were violated when her name was made public by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights during its investigation of comments she made about a straight student's perceiv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    "Ladies Night" discriminates unfairly, state rules

    So much for that​Men and women can now get plowed on the cheap equally, or not at all: The Minnesota Department of Human Rights is reinforcing an old rule that "Ladies Night" drink specials amount to illegal gender discrimination. Talk about a buzz kill. The sobering news comes after MDHR c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    MOA Abercrombie & Fitch discriminated against autistic teen, judge says

    Abercrombie & Fitch seems to have some serious issues understanding and accommodating people with disabilities. Just one of the retailer's many many downfalls in life.

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2009

    Community members protest Anoka-Hennepin's response to teachers's gay slurs

    Protesters at the school board meeting last night demanded more training for teachers concerning gay students and some asked for the teachers to be fired.

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2009

    Student harassed by teachers for perceived homosexuality speaks out

    The district is paying his family a $25,000 settlement in the case and the student, Alex Merritt, is speaking out in hopes of helping others come forward about harassment in the classroom.

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2009

    Student writes Ben Franklin report, teacher says he has a "thing for older men"

    The Anoka-Hennepin School District is paying a high school student's family $25,000 in a settlement after two teachers made his perceived sexual orientation into a class joke.

  • News

    January 23, 2008

    Minneapolis civil rights department being decimated from within

    In less than a year, Michael Jordan has dismantled the city agency responsible for upholding civil rights

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2007
  • News

    February 16, 2005

    No Exit

    Animosity between residents of a small east metro town leaves them stuck with each other

  • News

    October 9, 2002
  • Books

    May 15, 2002

    Workers of Suburbia Unite!

    What happens when the employees at the Mounds View Golf Course go on strike

  • Books

    November 28, 2001

    Not Another Word

    A 71-year-old sportswriter refuses to give up his sources

  • News

    May 30, 2001

    Fouling the Air

    Employees say Northwest Airlines works harder to avoid discrimination lawsuits than it does to stop bigotry

  • News

    January 10, 2001


    Some hailed firefighters Julie Tossey and Kathleen O'Connor as symbols of a new era in gender equality in St. Paul. But others--including their own union--wanted to see their dreams go up in smoke.

  • News

    September 6, 2000

    Arrested Development

    City officials say the head of the Frogtown Action Alliance is dodging them. Two former employees say he sexually harassed them. Leaders in the struggling St. Paul neighborhood fear Shem Shakir's bad karma is contagious.

  • News

    August 16, 2000

    The Complaint Department

    Fifty years ago Minneapolis launched a program to stamp out discrimination. Now many of the dream's supporters doubt the city's civil-rights agencies are equal to the task.

  • News

    July 12, 2000


    Jean Sandberg asked her post-office bosses to put a stop to the penis jokes and the wet T-shirt invitations. They sent her complaint to the dead-letter office.

  • Books

    March 8, 2000

    Ladies First?

    Keep your laws off my potty: A restroom refusenik's crusade for modesty at Southwest High School

  • News

    January 12, 2000

    Officer Down

    Seven years ago Tony DiIoia was a bright-eyed Minneapolis rookie. Then came the beatings, the lawsuits, and the pink slip.

  • News

    February 10, 1999

    Rage Against the Machine

    All Dennis Williams wanted was a job with the city of Minneapolis. After five years of bureaucratic torture, what he ended up with was three months in jail and a shot at serious prison time.

  • Books

    July 22, 1998

    The Black Ceiling

    An African-American Target employee's lawsuit alleges that Dayton Hudson set him up for failure

  • Books

    May 20, 1998

    Turning the Tables

    For 19 years, Larry Blackwell fought other people's discrimination battles. Now he's getting ready for his own.

  • News

    October 8, 1997

    Too Hot for Teacher

    Student-teacher Amrit Chauhan promised his class at Murray Junior High he'd be honest about himself. But telling the kids he's gay might have cost him his teaching certificate.

  • News

    September 18, 1996


    For 17 years Larry Blackwell has been incurring the wrath of Minneapolis officials in his position as city affirmative action director.