City of Minneapolis Enterprise Policy Coversheet

Anti-Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Policy 



Applies To

X City Council Departments

__ Boards and Commissions

X Other: Contractors, Subcontractors, and Vendors 


It is the policy of the City of Minneapolis to comply with federal, state and local laws that prohibit harassment (including sexual harassment) and discrimination in the workplace that is based on protected class status. Such discrimination or harassment is prohibited in all aspects of employment including but not limited to recruitment, testing, hiring, transfers, assignments, promotions, discipline, termination, or any other area of employment. Retaliation due to reporting or participating in investigations conducted in accordance with this policy is prohibited. The scope of this policy extends to employees refraining from discriminating against or harassing vendors or third parties (such as clients or customers) doing business with the City of Minneapolis. Investigations resulting in a finding that an employee’s conduct violated this policy will result in appropriate action and may result in discipline, up to and including suspension or discharge from employment.

Acts of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation may violate the Minneapolis Civil Rights Ordinance, the City of Minneapolis Ethics in Government Ordinance, the Minnesota Human Rights Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, or Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended. Discrimination based on disability may violate the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1992, the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008, the Minnesota Human Rights Act, or the Minneapolis Civil Rights Ordinance. 


Circa 1991: Council approval date of previous Sexual Harassment Policy

July 11, 2003: Respect in the Workplace Policy Approved (Rescinded effective 11.16.2012)

November 16, 2012: Anti-Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation policy approved by City Council

November 16, 2012: Effective

Key Words

ADA, American with Disabilities Act, Anti-Discrimination, Complaint, Discrimination, Favoritism, Harassment, Hotline, Investigation, Protected Class Status (age, ancestry, color, creed, disability, familial status, gender (including pregnancy), genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation (including gender identity), status with regard to public assistance, and veteran’s status (including Vietnam Era Veteran status), Religious Expression, Retaliation, and Sexual Harassment.   


Policy Review Group Approval

  • October 17, 2012 

Policy Document


Supporting References

Related Policies

Administering Department

Human Resources

Human Resources Director (612) 673-2139


Director, Employee Services, Human Resources (612) 673-3341

HR Lead Investigator (612) 673-2436


Last updated Nov 2, 2017



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