Kevin Lindsey - Minnesota Department of Human Rights
Kevin M. Lindsey CommissionerMinnesota Department of Human Rights
Overviewo Governor Mark Dayton is committed to creating opportunities for all Minnesotans.o Governor Dayton wants the State of Minnesota to be a leader and a role model on the issue of diversity as an employer and business partner.
OverviewThe Minnesota Department of HumanRights is charged witho investigating complaints of discrimination,o ensuring state vendors use best efforts in diversity hiring ando eliminating discrimination by advocating policies that reduce disparities that exist.
Discrimination Investigationso The Department investigates approximately 1,000 charges of discrimination a year.o Approximately 65% of the charges investigated by the Department are employment matters.
Discrimination Investigationso The Department has historically been underfunded and challenged to complete investigations within the statutory mandate of a year.o As of January of 2011, the Department was averaging more than 420 days to complete investigations.
Discrimination InvestigationsThe Department is committed to reducingthe time to complete investigations byo hiring more investigators,o providing more training for investigators,o developing best practices for investigations, ando identifying cases for rocket docket treatment.
Discrimination Investigationso The Department is committed to eliminating discrimination.o The Department has eliminated its Docket and Dismiss program and is committed to drafting charges of discrimination immediately upon contact with the charging party.
Discrimination Investigationso The Enforcement Officers have accepted the challenge of completing all cases on the MDHR docket that are older than 400 days.o Beginning in 2012, MDHR will seek to complete expedited cases in 2 months (rocket docket), standard cases in 4 months and complex cases in 8 months.
Discrimination Investigationso The Department will be more active in pursuing litigation against entities that are not in compliance with the Act.o The Department will also be more active in providing information to all persons on how to comply with the Act.
Contract ComplianceThe Department ensures all state vendors,with more than 40 employees or whichconduct more than $100,000 worth ofbusiness, utilize their best efforts in meetinghiring goals within state contracts.
Contract ComplianceThe Department works in collaboration withthe Metropolitan Council and the MinnesotaDepartment of Transportation on largeprojects, for example such as TrunkHighway Construction and Light RailConstruction, to ensure subcontractorsutilize best efforts to meet the hiring goals ofGeneral Contractors within state contracts.
Contract Complianceo The Department regularly posts on its website the projects with the most significant employment opportunities.o The Department defines projects with the most significant employment opportunities as projects over $250,000 and requiring more than 10,000 hours of labor.
Contract ComplianceThe Department is currently meetingregularly with the Metropolitan Council andthe Minnesota Department of Transportationto improve contract monitoring and bestpractices.
Contract Complianceo The Department will be more active in pursuing remedial measures against entities that are not in compliance with the Act.o The Department will also be more active in providing information to all persons on how to comply with the Act.
Agency Diversity AssessmentGovernor Dayton asked the Department toassess the diversity efforts all of theadministrative agencies that comprise theCabinet. We are reviewing affirmative actionplans, data from agencies and areinterviewing agency staff with theexpectation to publish a report prior to thenext legislative session.
Diversity and Inclusion CouncilGovernor Mark Dayton signed ExecutiveOrder 91-14 re-establishing a Council ofCommissioners to monitor, assess anddevelop best practices in employment andstate contracting. The Council will beginmeeting regularly in 2012.
Diversity and Inclusion CouncilThe Department will advocate for theCouncil to convene listening sessions withDisadvantaged Business Enterprises onstrategies and policies to adopt to createmore procurement opportunities for DBEs.
Diversity and Inclusion CouncilThe Department is hopeful that therecommendations and best practicesidentified within its agency diversityassessment report will be taken intoconsideration by the Council in formulatingbest practices in employment foradministrative agencies.
Disparity AdvocacyThe Department because of its focus oneliminating discrimination and its ability tocall upon all administrative agencies toprovide information and resources to reducediscrimination is in a unique position tofoster dialog on how to reduce disparitiesthat exist in a wide variety of areas.
Disparity AdvocacyThe Department is working with a widevariety of stakeholders on the issue ofcollateral consequences. For example, theDepartment is working with the Council onCrime and Justice to educate employers andadvance legislation that removesunnecessary barriers to employment.
Disparity AdvocacyThe Department is working with a widevariety of stakeholders on the issue ofeducational achievement gaps. Forexample, the Department is engaged withthe Department of Education and individualsfrom communities of color about how toimprove educational outcomes for students.
Disparity AdvocacyThe Department is working with a widevariety of stakeholders and agencies suchas the Department of Employment andEconomic Development, Unions,Businesses and Job Skills Trainingprograms on identifying and closing job skillstraining gaps that exist in the marketplace.
Disparity AdvocacyThe Department is working with a widevariety of stakeholders on the issuesimpacting small business creation andgrowth. For example, The Department iscollaborating with federal agencies, MEDA,ALANA, and state agencies to facilitatemore DBEs being aware of businessopportunities and programs.