Sep 19, 2012

Human rights forum

Kevin Lindsey, Minnesota commissioner of human rights, will lead a forum at Central Lakes College, Brainerd, on Thursday, Oct. 25 to provide an update on Minnesota's changing demographics as affecting jobs, education, and the state's economic future and community dialogue of the proposed Voter ID and Marriage constitutional amendments on the Nov. 6 ballot for Minnesota voters. The presentation is at 10 a.m. in Chalberg Theatre, followed by the community dialogue at 11 a.m. As Commissioner, Lindsey is responsible for a department whose mission is to make Minnesota discrimination free. The Department of Human Rights enforces the Minnesota Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on race, gender, religion, color, creed, nationality, age, disability, sexual orientation and other characteristics protected under the Act. Discrimination is prohibited in employment, housing, public accommodations, public services, business, credit and other areas. The Department of Human Rights also ensures that businesses seeking state contracts are in compliance with equal opportunity requirements, and strives to eliminate discrimination by educating Minnesotans about their rights and responsibilities under the Act.