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Human Rights Protections

The Human Rights Division of the Department of Labor and Human Rights is responsible for enforcing the North Dakota Human Rights Act (N.D.C.C. Chapter 14-02.4) and the North Dakota Housing Discrimination Act (N.D.C.C. Chapter 14-02.5). This responsibility includes investigating complaints alleging discriminatory practices, educating the public about human rights laws, and studying the nature and extent of discrimination in North Dakota.

North Dakota human rights laws prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, public services, and credit transactions or lending. Discrimination means treating a person differently than another because of a particular characteristic. These characteristics, also known as "protected categories," are more fully described in the chart below. North Dakota human rights laws also require reasonable accommodations be made for individuals with a disability, those that are pregnant, or those with a sincerely held religious belief.

If you feel you have been harmed by a discriminatory practice, you may initiate a complaint by completing the appropriate intake form and mailing or delivering it to the department. Investigative staff will assess the information you provide on the intake form to determine whether there is a basis for filing a formal complaint. If a formal complaint is filed, the department will conduct a thorough, impartial investigation into the allegations made in the complaint. The department will emphasize conciliation to resolve complaints and the parties may agree to settle a complaint at any time.

If the parties do not agree to settle a complaint and the department determines that a discriminatory practice has occurred, the department will provide for an administrative hearing to establish a remedy for the aggrieved party. If the department determines from its investigation that a discriminatory practice did not occur, it will promptly dismiss the complaint.

If you are aware of activity that you believe may be in violation of North Dakota human rights laws but do not wish to seek a remedy for yourself, you may report the suspected noncompliance to the department using the Complaint Inquiry process.

For more information, click on a link below or contact the Human Rights Division in-state toll-free at 1-800-582-8032 or in the Bismarck-Mandan area at 328-2660.

Protected Categories by Type of Discrimination
Protected Categories by
Type of Discrimination
Employment Housing Public
Sex Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Race Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Color Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
National Origin Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Religion Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Age (1) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Disability Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Familial Status (2) No Yes No No No
Marital Status Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Public Assistance (3) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Lawful Activity (4) Yes No No No No
Domestic Violence (5) No Yes No No No
  1. Age means forty years of age or older.
  2. Familial status means the presence of children under the age of eighteen, pregnant, or in the process of securing legal custody of a minor.
  3. Public assistance means being a recipient of a state or federal assistance program.
  4. Lawful activity means engaging in lawful activity off the employer's premises during non-working hours which is not in direct conflict with the essential business-related interests of the employer.
  5. An applicant for or tenant of housing that is part of a state housing program may not be denied admission to, denied assistance under, terminated from participating in, or evicted from housing on the basis that the applicant or tenant is or has been a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, if the applicant or tenant otherwise qualifies for admission, assistance, participation, or occupancy.
  • 600 East Boulevard Ave
  • Dept 406
  • Bismarck ND 58505-0340
  • (701) 328-2660
  • 1-800-582-8032 - In-state toll-free
  • 1-800-366-6888 or 1-800-366-6889 - TTY (Relay ND)
  • (701) 328-2031 Fax