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HF 3592

as introduced - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 03/09/2010 11:23am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to employment; prohibiting employment discrimination based on credit
history; amending Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 363A.08, subdivisions 1, 2,
3, 4.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, 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, new text begincredit history, new text endstatus with regard
to public assistance, 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.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, 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, new text begincredit history, new text endstatus with regard to public assistance,
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.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, 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, new text begincredit history, new text endstatus with
regard to public assistance, 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.

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, 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, new text begincredit history, new text endstatus with regard to
public assistance, 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, new text begincredit history, new text endstatus with regard to public assistance, 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,
new text begin credit history, new text endstatus with regard to public assistance, 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
.