Marcia Hultman

Cabinet Secretary

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Division of Human Rights

South Dakota Laws and Rules

South Dakota's anti-discrimination laws may be found in South Dakota Codified Law (SDCL) Chapter 20, section 13. They clearly prohibit discrimination because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, ancestry, disability or national origin.

Enforcement of the law covers employment practices, labor union membership and services, housing accommodations, education, public accommodations, public services and property rights.

It is also illegal for any person to discriminate or retaliate against someone because he or she has:

  • Filed a complaint with the Division of Human Rights
  • Testified on a matter before the Division of Human Rights
  • Assisted the Division in carrying out the purposes of the law

Other Laws and Rules of South Dakota related to human rights and the Human Rights Commission

Human Rights/Discrimination - Administrative Rule of South Dakota (ARSD) 20:03

Commission & Director - SDCL 1-35 (subsections 13-14) and 1-37-6

General - SDCL 20-13 (subsections 1-56)

Municipal & County - SDCL 20-12