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HF 2300

as introduced - 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014) Posted on 03/12/2014 12:40pm

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A bill for an act
relating to human rights; prohibiting discrimination in employment based on
status as a family caregiver;amending Minnesota Statutes 2012, sections
363A.03, by adding a subdivision; 363A.08, subdivisions 1, 2, 3, 4.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 363A.03, is amended by adding a
subdivision to read:


Subd. 18a.

Family caregiver.

"Family caregiver" means a person who cares for
another person:

(1) who is related by blood, marriage, or legal custody; or

(2) with whom the person lives in a familial relationship.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

This section is effective the day following final enactment.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 363A.08, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Labor organization.

Except when based on a bona fide occupational
qualification, it is an unfair employment practice for a labor organization, because of race,
color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, status with regard to public
assistance, familial status, status as a family caregiver, disability, sexual orientation, or age:

(1) to deny full and equal membership rights to a person seeking membership or
to a member;

(2) to expel a member from membership;

(3) to discriminate against a person seeking membership or a member with respect
to hiring, apprenticeship, tenure, compensation, terms, upgrading, conditions, facilities,
or privileges of employment; or

(4) to fail to classify properly, or refer for employment or otherwise to discriminate
against a person or member.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

This section is effective the day following final enactment.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 363A.08, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Employer.

Except when based on a bona fide occupational qualification, it
is an unfair employment practice for an employer, because of race, color, creed, religion,
national origin, sex, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, familial status,
status as a family caregiver,
membership or activity in a local commission, disability,
sexual orientation, or age to:

(1) refuse to hire or to maintain a system of employment which unreasonably
excludes a person seeking employment; or

(2) discharge an employee; or

(3) discriminate against a person with respect to hiring, tenure, compensation, terms,
upgrading, conditions, facilities, or privileges of employment.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

This section is effective the day following final enactment.

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 363A.08, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Employment agency.

Except when based on a bona fide occupational
qualification, it is an unfair employment practice for an employment agency, because of
race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, status with regard to public
assistance, familial status, status as a family caregiver, disability, sexual orientation, or
age to:

(1) refuse or fail to accept, register, classify properly, or refer for employment or
otherwise to discriminate against a person; or

(2) comply with a request from an employer for referral of applicants for
employment if the request indicates directly or indirectly that the employer fails to comply
with the provisions of this chapter.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

This section is effective the day following final enactment.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 363A.08, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Employer, employment agency, or labor organization.

(a) Except when
based on a bona fide occupational qualification, it is an unfair employment practice for an
employer, employment agency, or labor organization, before a person is employed by an
employer or admitted to membership in a labor organization, to:

(1) require or request the person to furnish information that pertains to race, color,
creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, status with regard to public assistance,
familial status, status as a family caregiver, disability, sexual orientation, or age; or, subject
to section 363A.20, to require or request a person to undergo physical examination; unless
for the sole and exclusive purpose of national security, information pertaining to national
origin is required by the United States, this state or a political subdivision or agency of
the United States or this state, or for the sole and exclusive purpose of compliance with
the Public Contracts Act or any rule, regulation, or laws of the United States or of this
state requiring the information or examination. A law enforcement agency may, after
notifying an applicant for a peace officer or part-time peace officer position that the law
enforcement agency is commencing the background investigation on the applicant, request
the applicant's date of birth, gender, and race on a separate form for the sole and exclusive
purpose of conducting a criminal history check, a driver's license check, and fingerprint
criminal history inquiry. The form shall include a statement indicating why the data is
being collected and what its limited use will be. No document which has date of birth,
gender, or race information will be included in the information given to or available to
any person who is involved in selecting the person or persons employed other than the
background investigator. No person may act both as background investigator and be
involved in the selection of an employee except that the background investigator's report
about background may be used in that selection as long as no direct or indirect references
are made to the applicant's race, age, or gender; or

(2) seek and obtain for purposes of making a job decision, information from any
source that pertains to the person's race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex,
marital status, status with regard to public assistance, familial status, status as a family
caregiver,
disability, sexual orientation, or age, unless for the sole and exclusive purpose
of compliance with the Public Contracts Act or any rule, regulation, or laws of the United
States or of this state requiring the information; or

(3) cause to be printed or published a notice or advertisement that relates to
employment or membership and discloses a preference, limitation, specification, or
discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status,
status with regard to public assistance, familial status, status as a family caregiver,
disability, sexual orientation, or age.

(b) Any individual who is required to provide information that is prohibited by this
subdivision is an aggrieved party under sections 363A.06, subdivision 4, and 363A.28,
subdivisions 1 to 9.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

This section is effective the day following final enactment.

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