604.12 Restrictions on denying access to places of public accommodation; civil actions.
Subdivision 1. Definitions. As used in this section:
(1) "place of public accommodation" has the meaning given in section 363A.03, subdivision 34, but excludes recreational trails;
(2) "criminal gang" has the meaning given in section 609.229, subdivision 1; and
(3) "obscene" has the meaning given in section 617.241, subdivision 1.
Subd. 2. Prohibition. (a) A place of public accommodation may not restrict access, admission, or usage to a person solely because the person operates a motorcycle or is wearing clothing that displays the name of an organization or association.
(b) This subdivision does not prohibit the restriction of access, admission, or usage to a person because:
(1) the person's conduct poses a risk to the health or safety of another or to the property of another; or
(2) the clothing worn by the person is obscene or includes the name or symbol of a criminal gang.
Subd. 3. Civil cause of action. A person injured by a violation of subdivision 2 may bring an action for actual damages, punitive damages under sections 549.191 and 549.20 in an amount not to exceed $500, injunctive relief, and reasonable attorney fees in an amount not to exceed $500.
Subd. 4. Violation not a crime. Notwithstanding section 645.241, a violation of subdivision 2 is not a crime.
HIST: 1998 c 367 art 11 s 18