The purposes of this Chapter are:
To secure for all individuals within the City freedom from any discriminatory practice made unlawful by Article III of this Chapter.
To implement within the City the policies embodied in Missouri and Federal human rights legislation, and to promote cooperation between the City and the State and Federal agencies enforcing that legislation.
For the purposes of this Chapter the following terms shall be deemed to have the meanings indicated below:
- The Gerald Commission on Human Rights.
- A person who has filed a complaint with the Commission alleging that another person has engaged in a prohibited discriminatory practice.
- Any unfair treatment based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, handicap, or familial status as it relates to housing.
- Any building, structure or portion thereof which is occupied as, or designed or intended for occupancy as, a residence by one or more families, and any vacant land which is offered for sale or lease for the construction or location thereon of any such building, structure or portion thereof.
- FAMILIAL STATUS
- One or more individuals who have not attained the age of eighteen (18) years being domiciled with:
- A physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of a person's major life activities, a condition perceived as such, or a record of having such an impairment, which with or without reasonable accommodation does not interfere with utilizing the place of public accommodation, or occupying the dwelling in question. For purposes of this Chapter, the term "handicap" does not include current, illegal use of or addiction to a controlled substance as such term is defined by Section 195.010, RSMo., however, a person may be considered handicapped if that person:
- 1. Has successfully completed a supervised drug rehabilitation program and is no longer engaging in the illegal use of, and is not currently addicted to, a controlled substance or has otherwise been rehabilitated successfully and is no longer engaging in such use and is not currently addicted;
- 2. Is participating in a supervised rehabilitation program and is no longer engaging in illegal use of controlled substances; or
- 3. Is erroneously regarded as currently illegally using, or being addicted to, a controlled substance.
- HOUSING FOR OLDER PERSONS
- 1. Provided under any State or Federal program that the Commission determines is specifically designed and operated to assist elderly persons, as defined in the State or Federal program; or
- 2. Intended for, and solely occupied by, persons sixty-two (62) years of age or older; or
- 3. Intended and operated for occupancy by at least one person fifty-five (55) years of age or older per unit.
- Includes one (1) or more individuals, corporations, partnerships, associations, organizations, labor organizations, legal representatives, mutual companies, joint-stock companies, trusts, trustees, trustees in bankruptcy, receivers, fiduciaries, or other organized groups of persons.
- PLACES OF PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION
- All places or businesses offering or holding out to the general public, goods, services, privileges, facilities, advantages or accommodations for the peace, comfort, health, welfare and safety of the general public or such public places providing food, shelter, recreation and amusement, including, but not limited to:
- 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 (5) rooms for rent or hire and which is actually occupied by the proprietor of such establishment as his/her 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;
- 3. Any gasoline station, including all facilities located on the premises of such gasoline station and made available to the patrons thereof;
- 4. Any motion picture house, theater, concert hall, sports arena, stadium, or other place of exhibition or entertainment;
- 5. Any public facility owned, operated, or managed by or on behalf of this State or any agency or subdivision thereof, or any public corporation; and any such facility supported in whole or in part by public funds;
- 6. Any establishment which is physically located within the premises of any establishment otherwise covered by this Section or within the premises of which is physically located any such covered establishment, and which holds itself out as serving patrons of such covered establishment;
- Includes to lease, to sublease, to let and otherwise to grant for consideration the right to occupy premises not owned by the occupant;
- A person who is alleged to have engaged in a prohibited discriminatory practice in a complaint filed with the Commission;
- UNLAWFUL DISCRIMINATORY PRACTICE
- Any act that is unlawful under this Chapter.