Department of Civil Rights

Velma J. Korbel, Director

350 S. 5th St., Room 239
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: (612) 673-3012
Fax: (612) 673-2599
TTY: (612) 673-2157

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
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Commission on Civil Rights
City Hall, Room 239
350 South 5 th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415

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Phone: (612) 673-2091
Fax: (612) 673-2599
TTY: (612) 673-2157

The Civil Rights Commission implements the City's Civil Rights policies through public information, education, mediation, conciliation and enforcement as stated in the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances. The primary objective of the Commission is to promote and protect the civil rights of the citizens of Minneapolis.

Commission meetings are held at the City Hall Martin Luther King, Jr. Conference Room 241 at 6:00 pm unless otherwise specified on the Commission Calendar. Commission meetings are held on the third Monday of each month. If a City observed holiday occurs on the third Monday, the Commission will meet on the fourth Monday.


MCCR Contested Case Hearing

On December 4, 2014, the Commission on Civil Rights held its first Contested Case Hearing in over five years.  Presiding Commissioner Arlene Santiago called to order the case, Daniel T. Webster v. Prospect Foundry at the University of Minnesota Law School. This hearing is based on a determination issued by Director Velma J. Korbel of the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights of a finding of Probable Cause on the disparate treatment of the Complainant based on race in the area of employment. 

The two-day matter was heard by a three-person hearing committee consisting of Commissioner Arlene Santiago, Elizabeth Loeb and John Oberreuter. Within 90 days, the hearing committee shall issue the parties a written findings of fact, conclusion of law and an order, which may be supplemented by a written memorandum.

The Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights would like to give a special thanks to the University of Minnesota Law Clinic staff for their preparation for the hearing and for providing use of their facility.   



















Last updated Mar 15, 2018



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