We are responsible for enforcing the North Dakota Human Rights Act and the North Dakota Housing Discrimination Act. These laws prevent discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodation, public service, and credit transactions or lending. Click here for a chart that illustrates North Dakota's laws and protections.

What is discrimination?

In plain language, to "discriminate" means to distinguish, single out, or make a distinction. While not all discrimination is illegal, certain types of discrimination are violations of state and/or federal law, which defines protected classes (persons possessing certain characteristics).

What to do if you feel you have been discriminated against?

You must be able to describe why you believe you have been discriminated against, the act(s) of discrimination, the harm caused by the discrimination, the dates of the act or acts which you believe to be discriminatory, and the person or persons who you believe discriminated against you.  With this information, you may complete a form to submit a complaint to the Department.