This weekend, I saw an advertisement for the movie Marshall. Justice Marshall is most known for arguing Brown v. Board of Education in front of the Supreme Court and becoming the first African-American Supreme Court Justice. Here is a link to a trailer of the movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_bfOWof0Sg.
Justice Marshall fought for equal rights, to end discrimination, and to uphold the law. Today I want to specifically focus the discussion on the context of discrimination in the work place.
Rights for employees are explained in the the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA). This act is encompassed in Minnesota Statute 363A. It provides protection from discrimination with regards to Race, Color, Creed, Religion, National Origin, Sex, Marital Status, Familial Status, Disability, Public Assistance Status, Age, Sexual Orientation, and Local Human Rights Commission Activity. The MHRA is very inclusive and provides more areas of protection than federal law. It provides additional protection than the federal law in the following areas creed, marital status, familial status, public assistance status, and local human rights commission activity. I encourage you to familiarize yourself with employment protections and to learn the differences between the federal protections and the MHRA. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights are great resources for information regarding discrimination in the workplace. Whether you are an employer or an employee, if you have questions about discrimination in the workplace please contact me to talk about your rights as an employer or an employee.
(Thank you quotesgram.com for the great picture of Thurgood Marshall.)