Minnesota Statutes Civil Actions (Ch. 604-605) § 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.


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