Human Rights Department plans to speed up cases

State Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey says he has a way to resolve discrimination cases more quickly.

Also, the Human Rights Department will begin investigating all cases that are filed. In the past, the department had dismissed some charges without investigating, citing budget restrictions.

“If we are going to be committed to ending discrimination in Minnesota, we should be investigating all legitimate complaints,” Lindsey said.

Some cases will be moved to the “rocket docket” for quicker resolution.

“These might be cases in which we see that there are very few issues to resolve, and a limited number of witnesses to interview,” Lindsey said. “It makes sense to move these cases through quickly, rather than placing them at the back of the line.”

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