CommissionerCompany: Minnesota Department of Human Rights
Role: Session Presenter
Session: Hiring People with a Criminal Record – Why it is the Smart Business Decision (S2 - H)
Kevin Lindsey was appointed commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights in February 2011. He has over 25 years of experience in resolving complex legal and public policy questions as an attorney within private law firms, an executive in business, and in the public sector with the Office of the Ramsey County Attorney.
In announcing his appointment, Governor Mark Dayton called Kevin ideally suited for the position, and said, “Kevin is a respected lawyer and advocate with deep experience in the community working on issues of fairness in the workplace and in the community. He will be a strong, professional voice in the Dayton Administration.”
The department is responsible for enforcing the Minnesota Human Rights Act. The jurisdiction of the agency is broad, covering subject matter areas such as public accommodations, public services, business contracting, housing, education, and employment. In the area of employment, the agency investigates approximately 400 charges of employment discrimination, audits approximately 500 employers regarding their equal employment and equal pay practices, and investigates 100 ban-the-box complaints on an annual basis.
Kevin received his JD and BA from the University of Iowa, where as a student he served as editor-in-chief of the Iowa Law Review. Commissioner Lindsey was recently honored by his alma mater with the 2017 Iowa Law Review Distinguished Alumni Award.