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.
Monday – Friday

Labor Standards Enforcement Division 

As a result of the City of Minneapolis Public Health Emergency Declaration on March 16th, 2020, the Department of Civil Rights is operating in a modified capacity and will be unable to hold in-person intakes, filings, or meetings.  Please utilize our website to file complaints or inquiries.  Additionally, you can file a complaint or inquiry by contacting Minneapolis 311. 
Phone: 311 (within city of Minneapolis) -or- (612) 673-3000
Text: 311TXT or 311898 to start your text
E-Mail: [email protected]
Staff are still available as usual during business hours and will respond to e-mails and voicemails per usual.


The Labor Standards Enforcement Division (LSED) oversees compliance with the City's Sick and Safe TimeMinimum Wage , and Wage Theft ordinances. The Minimum Wage Ordinance sets a new hourly minimum wage standard for work ​performed in Minneapolis. The Sick and Safe Time Ordinance creates access to time off work for employees across the city. The Wage Theft Ordinance works with the state's wage theft law to protect employers and employees and to ensure people receive all wages and benefits to which they're entitled.  

The City of Minneapolis believes no one should have to choose between being healthy, being safe and being paid a fair wage. LSED, a Division of the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights, helps everyone understand employment standards and issues penalties when necessary.  

Services Provided



Anyone with information about exploited workers in Minneapolis (regardless of immigration status or lack thereof) should contact us to file a report 


Employers are encouraged to contact us for technical assistance and evaluation of their policies.


Shared Prosperity

Proud Minneapolis employers support their employees; labor standards exist to create conditions that allow them to do so successfully. When employees are allowed to care for themselves and their families, Minneapolis is a healthier, more secure, and more economically productive community. 

 COVID-19 Resources

What is COVID-19?

Minnesota Department of Health - About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

City of Minneapolis - Corinavirus FAQs

Is there a cure for COVID-19?

U.S. Center for Disease Control - Coronavirus Portal

How can I keep myself from being infected?

Minnesota Department of Health - Protecting Yourself and Your Family: COVID-19

What medical info do I need if I get sick or if I'm caring for a loved one?

U.S. Center for Disease Control - What to Do if You Are Sick

U.S. Center for Disease Control - If You Are Sick or Caring For Someone

Minnesota Department of Health - Protecting Yourself and Your Family: COVID-19

U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

MN OSHA (MN DOL Occupational Safety)

How can I keep my employees from getting exposed?

MDH - Business and Employers: COVID-19

Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development - Guidance on Stay at Home Order

Families First Coronavirus Coronavirus Response Act (Federeal Coronavirus Sick Leave and Family Leave) 

Minneapolis Safe and Sick

What can employees do if they get sick?

City of Minneapolis - COVID-19 Employer/Employee Information

MN Emergency Operations Center

How can I keep my customers from being exposed to the virus?

U.S. Center for Disease Control - Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility

Is there help for my business during the Mayor's Emergency Declaration and the Governor's Stay-at-Home Order?

City of Minneapolis - Worker Resources

MN Dept of Employment & Economic Development - Information for Businesses

MN Dept of Employment & Economic Development - Assistance for MN Businesses PDF

Minneapolis Wage Theft Prevention Ordinance

Is there help for my employees during this pandemic while my business is closed?

City of Minneapolis - FAQs for employees

MN Dept of Employment & Economic Development - Information for Workers

MN Unemployment Insurance - COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Unemployment Insurance

State of MN Unemployment Insurance - Application Information

Where is help coming from?

MN Dept of Employment & Economic Development - Get Help From Our Experts

MN Dept of Employment & Economic Development - Guide to Programs and Services PDF

Federal Government - Supporting Small Businesses

City of Minneapolis - GAP Funding for Housing

What can I do if someone vandalized my business while it's closed?

City of Minneapolis - 911

Minneapolis Police Department - Report a Crime

Minneapolis Police Department - Online Police Report

Other programs

Department of Education / Federal Student Aid - Administrative Forbearance of Loan Payments

How to help

Federal Emergency Management Agency - How to Help

City of Minneapolis - Community Support

Corona Virus Rumor Control

FEMA - Coronavirus Rumor Control


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