Civil Rights

State Law

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  • Minnesota Human Rights Act
    363A.11 PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS Guide created by MN Department of Human Rights:

    Subdivision 1.Full and equal enjoyment of public accommodations.
    (a) It is an unfair discriminatory practice:

    (1) to deny any person the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of a place of public accommodation because of race, color, creed, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, or sex, or for a taxicab company to discriminate in the access to, full utilization of, or benefit from service because of a person’s disability; or

    (2) for a place of public accommodation not to make reasonable accommodation to the known physical, sensory, or mental disability of a disabled person. In determining whether an accommodation is reasonable, the factors to be considered may include:
    (i) the frequency and predictability with which members of the public will be served by the accommodation at that location;
    (ii) the size of the business or organization at that location with respect to physical size, annual gross revenues, and the number of employees;
    (iii) the extent to which disabled persons will be further served from the accommodation;
    (iv) the type of operation;
    (v) the nature and amount of both direct costs and legitimate indirect costs of making the accommodation and the reasonableness for that location to finance the accommodation; and
    (vi) the extent to which any persons may be adversely affected by the accommodation.

    (b) State or local building codes control where applicable. Violations of state or local building codes are not violations of this chapter and must be enforced under normal building code procedures.

    Subd. 4.Direct threat to health and safety.

    Nothing in this chapter requires an entity to permit an individual to participate in and benefit from the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of the entity if the individual poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others. “Direct threat” means a significant risk to the health or safety of others that cannot be eliminated by a modification of policies, practices, or procedures or by the provision of auxiliary aids or services.”

Healthy Minnesotans pose no direct threat!

Federal Law

You may find federal updates here:

Civil Rights Act
Federal civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination in numerous settings including: employment, education, voting, and public accommodations.
42 USC §2000a: Prohibition against discrimination or segregation in places of public accommodation (a) Equal access
Also referred to as Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Injunctive Relief Against Discrimination in Places of Public Accommodation

“SEC. 201. (a) All persons shall be entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, and privileges, advantages, and accommodations of any place of public accommodation, as defined in this section, without discrimination or segregation on the ground of race, color, religion, or national origin.

(b) Each of the following establishments which serves the public is a place of public accommodation within the meaning of this title if its operations affect commerce, or if discrimination or segregation by it is supported by State action:

(1) any inn, hotel, motel, or other establishment which provides lodging to transient guests, other than an establishment located within a building which contains not more than five rooms for rent or hire and which is actually occupied by the proprietor of such establishment as his residence;

(2) any restaurant, cafeteria, lunchroom, lunch counter, soda fountain, or other facility principally engaged in selling food for consumption on the premises, including, but not limited to, any such facility located on the

premises of any retail establishment; or any gasoline station;

(3) any motion picture house, theater, concert hall, sports arena, stadium or other place of exhibition or entertainment; and

(4) any establishment (A)(i) which is physically located within the premises of any establishment otherwise covered by this subsection, or (ii) within the premises of which is physically located any such covered establishment, and (B) which holds itself out as serving patrons of such covered establishment.”

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