While once saddled with a significant backload of cases, in 2015 the Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) continued its pattern of increased case investigations and file closures.

According to statistics posted by the MDHR on December 31, 2015, the inventory of open cases has been reduced form 842 cases in September 2012 to only 390 cases in June 2015. As of June 30, 2015, only 12 cases older than one year existed as compared to 228 cases in June 2012. The MDHR’s average time from filing to a determination is now down to 266 days. This rate represents a 31% reduction in the average determination time as compared to two and a half years ago. These administrative gains have been achieved while investigating all charges filed. The MDHR no longer administratively dismisses cases without investigation.

Takeaway: The MDHR has been diligently working toward prompt investigation and determination of pending filed charges. Accordingly, after receiving a charge, employers should be organized and prepared to provide the agency with responsive information that details the company’s rebuttal to the allegations of discrimination.