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Minnesota Court Clarifies Standards for Severe or Pervasive Harassment

March 2, 2023


The Minnesota Supreme Court recently issued its first significant decision interpreting the state’s employment discrimination law, the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA), in three years.

In a ruling that will likely be hailed as a victory by employees and employers alike, the court clarified the law on several issues. First, the court reiterated that a plaintiff claiming a hostile work environment under the MHRA must present evidence of “severe or pervasive” harassment by showing inappropriate workplace conduct, not simply by showing discrimination.

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