Minnesota human-rights agency still needed

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 14, 2013 - 6:51 AM

It’s also important that claims be addressed in a timely fashion.

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gemie1Sep. 14, 13 8:21 AM

It is sad to say, the department is worthless and has only the affect of legitimizing discrimination. They are deciding cases with limited resources and deciding on the whole merit of the case. The No Probable Cause is being based on first finding that discrimination took place and it should be the other way around. The department only exists to make people believe that we live in a more egalitarian society. We do not! The medical facilities and companies with large legal departments will always win. My case had to do with a medical facility and one of the comments the Minnesota department of human rights said, was that I stayed there even after all the events took place. There was so much more that needed to be properly weighed.

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jd55604Sep. 14, 1310:53 AM

Let’s save $3.5 million taxpayer dollars and dismantle this politically motivated state agency.

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jarlmnSep. 14, 1311:58 AM

The agency is little more than a glorified kangaroo court. Many of the complaints could and should be handled in small claims courts, lawsuits and direct, but civil petition to the offending party. Most of the other complaints can be rectified by people quitting being so thin-skinned, self-entitled and always looking for a perceived slight.

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gemie1Sep. 14, 1312:41 PM

jarlmn, I agree that the way the human rights agency is set up right now, it does act like a kangaroo court. It does more harm than good. The rest of your comments showed a lack of understanding. I gather that you are in a position where you have never experienced discrimination or harassment. When you are old, who will be there to stand up for you against ageism. Discrimination and/or harassment affects all of us at some time or another. The way the human rights department operates right now, it's main function is political and is not about fighting discrimination, sexism, ageism, etc. At least, the republicans are honest about it.

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menteurOct. 2, 13 7:03 PM

It is not clear if lindsey actually said the new staff were hired to help with investigations or he just allowed the assumption. At any rate, the additional staff funded are not part of the unit that investigates cases but part of the compliance unit which does not do investigations.

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