From: Human Rights
Commissioner John Burdick
As we come to the day that as a nation we honor the work and words of Martin Luther King Jr., we would like all to know that the Winona Human Rights Commission exists under state and local statutes to ensure that King’s goals are achieved in Winona County. The commission of volunteer community members works to assure protection from discrimination for all citizens and employees within Winona County.
The areas of protection provided by statute include: employment, real property (purchase or rental of property), public accommodation, public services, education, credit, and business services.
Protected classes include: disabilities, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, marital status, public assistance, sexual orientation, age, familial status, and association. In this latter area it means you cannot be discriminated against because you associate with an individual/s from the above list of protective classes.
Also note that as of 2013, the commission has expanded to serve the entire county of Winona. If you feel you have been discriminated against in any way contact the commission by calling Winona City Hall at 457-8200. If you live within Winona County and are interested in becoming a member of this commission, also call 457-8200. The commission meets the first Wednesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. at Winona City Hall. Meetings are open to the public.