[Rev. 11/21/2013 10:16:23 AM--2013]

CHAPTER 233 - NEVADA EQUAL RIGHTS COMMISSION

NRS 233.010           Declaration of public policy.

NRS 233.020           Definitions.

NRS 233.030           Creation; number, appointment and compensation of members.

NRS 233.040           Qualifications of members.

NRS 233.050           Chair and Secretary; meetings; employees.

NRS 233.080           Biennial report to Governor and Director of Legislative Counsel Bureau.

NRS 233.085           Governor: Designation of another agency to perform certain duties and functions of Commission.

NRS 233.090           Administrator: Appointment; qualifications.

NRS 233.100           Administrator: Classification.

NRS 233.110           Administrator: Duties.

NRS 233.140           Commission: Duties.

NRS 233.150           Commission: Powers.

NRS 233.153           Legislative approval required before Commission may enter into contract with United States Department of Housing and Urban Development to act as certified agency.

NRS 233.155           Gift Fund.

NRS 233.157           Acceptance of complaint alleging unlawful discriminatory practice; regulations for processing complaint.

NRS 233.160           Complaint alleging unlawful discriminatory practices: Limitations on filing; contents; duties of Commission. [Effective until the date the Governor declares that the Federal Government has determined that certain provisions of NRS provide rights and remedies for alleged discriminatory housing practices substantially equivalent to federal law.]

NRS 233.160           Complaint alleging unlawful discriminatory practice: Limitations on filing; contents; duties of Commission; filing of answer. [Effective on the date the Governor declares that the Federal Government has determined that certain provisions of NRS provide rights and remedies for alleged discriminatory housing practices substantially equivalent to federal law.]

NRS 233.165           Complaint alleging unlawful discriminatory practice in housing: Period for investigation and final disposition. [Effective on the date the Governor declares that the Federal Government has determined that certain provisions of NRS provide rights and remedies for alleged discriminatory housing practices substantially equivalent to federal law.]

NRS 233.170           Administrative action on complaint alleging unlawful practice; judicial review; award of damages. [Effective until the date the Governor declares that the Federal Government has determined that certain provisions of NRS provide rights and remedies for alleged discriminatory housing practices substantially equivalent to federal law.]

NRS 233.170           Complaint alleging unlawful practice: Procedure for resolution; effect of settlement or decision; scope of administrative or judicial order. [Effective on the date the Governor declares that the Federal Government has determined that certain provisions of NRS provide rights and remedies for alleged discriminatory housing practices substantially equivalent to federal law.]

NRS 233.180           Injunctive relief.

NRS 233.190           Confidentiality of information.

NRS 233.200           Report to Governor.

NRS 233.205           Certain promotions based on sex do not constitute an unlawful discriminatory practice in public accommodations.

NRS 233.210           Unlawful acts; penalty.

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      NRS 233.010  Declaration of public policy.

      1.  It is hereby declared to be the public policy of the State of Nevada to protect the welfare, prosperity, health and peace of all the people of the State, and to foster the right of all persons reasonably to seek and obtain housing accommodations without discrimination, distinction or restriction because of race, religious creed, color, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin or ancestry.

      2.  It is hereby declared to be the public policy of the State of Nevada to protect the welfare, prosperity, health and peace of all the people of the State, and to foster the right of all persons reasonably to seek and be granted services in places of public accommodation without discrimination, distinction or restriction because of race, religious creed, color, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry or gender identity or expression.

      3.  It is hereby declared to be the public policy of the State of Nevada to protect the welfare, prosperity, health and peace of all the people of the State, and to foster the right of all persons reasonably to seek, obtain and hold employment without discrimination, distinction or restriction because of race, religious creed, color, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin or ancestry.

      4.  It is recognized that the people of this State should be afforded full and accurate information concerning actual and alleged practices of discrimination and acts of prejudice, and that such information may provide the basis for formulating statutory remedies of equal protection and opportunity for all citizens in this State.

      (Added to NRS by 1961, 731; A 1975, 1453; 1991, 1018; 2005, 22nd Special Session, 93; 2011, 500, 871, 876)

      NRS 233.020  Definitions.  As used in this chapter:

      1.  “Administrator” means the Administrator of the Commission.

      2.  “Commission” means the Nevada Equal Rights Commission within the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.

      3.  “Disability” means, with respect to a person:

      (a) A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of the person;

      (b) A record of such an impairment; or

      (c) Being regarded as having such an impairment.

      4.  “Gender identity or expression” means a gender-related identity, appearance, expression or behavior of a person, regardless of the person’s assigned sex at birth.

      5.  “Member” means a member of the Nevada Equal Rights Commission.

      6.  “Sexual orientation” means having or being perceived as having an orientation for heterosexuality, homosexuality or bisexuality.

      (Added to NRS by 1961, 732; A 1971, 886; 1975, 222; 1991, 1019; 2003, 1326; 2005, 22nd Special Session, 93; 2011, 500, 871, 876)

      NRS 233.030  Creation; number, appointment and compensation of members.

      1.  The Nevada Equal Rights Commission, consisting of five members appointed by the Governor, is hereby created.

      2.  Each member of the Commission is entitled to receive a salary of not more than $80, as fixed by the Commission, for each day actually employed on the work of the Commission.

      3.  While engaged in the business of the Commission, each member and employee of the Commission is entitled to receive the per diem allowance and travel expenses provided for state officers and employees generally.

      (Added to NRS by 1961, 732; A 1975, 222, 1094; 1977, 1181; 1981, 1978; 1985, 411; 1989, 1708)

      NRS 233.040  Qualifications of members.  The members of the Commission must be representative of religious, disabled, racial and ethnic groups of both sexes in the State.

      (Added to NRS by 1961, 732; A 1975, 1453; 1991, 1019)

      NRS 233.050  Chair and Secretary; meetings; employees.

      1.  The Governor shall appoint a Chair of the Commission and the members shall elect a Secretary from the membership of the Commission.

      2.  The Commission may meet regularly at least twice a year on the call of the Chair at a place designated by the Chair or a majority of the Commission.

      3.  The employees of the Commission are in the classified service of the State.

      (Added to NRS by 1961, 732; A 1967, 1492; 1971, 1429; 1973, 444; 1981, 1375; 1983, 1437)

      NRS 233.080  Biennial report to Governor and Director of Legislative Counsel Bureau.  The Administrator shall, on or before January 15 of each odd-numbered year, prepare and submit a report concerning the activities of the Commission to the Governor and the Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau. The Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau shall cause the report to be made available to each Senator and member of the Assembly.

      (Added to NRS by 1961, 733; A 1963, 1031; 2013, 52)

      NRS 233.085  Governor: Designation of another agency to perform certain duties and functions of Commission.  The Governor may designate another agency to perform the duties and functions of the Commission set forth in NRS 233.150, 233.160, 233.165 and 233.170.

      (Added to NRS by 1995, 1989)

      NRS 233.090  Administrator: Appointment; qualifications.  The Governor shall appoint an Administrator of the Commission. The Administrator must have had successful experience in the administration and promotion of a program comparable to the program provided by this chapter.

      (Added to NRS by 1971, 885; A 1977, 1182; 2003, 1326)

      NRS 233.100  Administrator: Classification.  The Administrator is in the unclassified service of the State.

      (Added to NRS by 1971, 885; A 1985, 412; 1995, 1989; 2003, 1326)

      NRS 233.110  Administrator: Duties.  The Administrator shall:

      1.  Be jointly responsible to the Governor and the Commission.

      2.  Direct and supervise all of the technical and administrative activities of the Commission.

      3.  Perform any lawful act which the Administrator considers necessary or desirable to carry out the purposes and provisions of this chapter.

      (Added to NRS by 1971, 886; A 2003, 1326)

      NRS 233.140  Commission: Duties.  The Commission shall:

      1.  Foster mutual understanding and respect among all racial, religious, disabled and ethnic groups and between the sexes in the State.

      2.  Aid in securing equal health and welfare services and facilities for all the residents of the State without regard to race, religion, sex, age, disability or nationality.

      3.  Study problems arising between groups within the State which may result in tensions, discrimination or prejudice because of race, color, creed, sex, age, disability, national origin or ancestry, and formulate and carry out programs of education and disseminate information with the object of discouraging and eliminating any such tensions, prejudices or discrimination.

      4.  Secure the cooperation of various racial, religious, disabled, nationality and ethnic groups, veterans’ organizations, labor organizations, business and industry organizations and fraternal, benevolent and service groups, in educational campaigns devoted to the need for eliminating group prejudice, racial or area tensions, intolerance or discrimination.

      5.  Cooperate with and seek the cooperation of federal and state agencies and departments in carrying out projects within their respective authorities to eliminate intergroup tensions and to promote intergroup harmony.

      (Added to NRS by 1961, 732; A 1965, 695; 1975, 1453; 1977, 49, 1603; 1991, 1019)

      NRS 233.150  Commission: Powers.  The Commission may:

      1.  Order its Administrator to:

      (a) With regard to public accommodation, investigate tensions, practices of discrimination and acts of prejudice against any person or group because of race, color, creed, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry or gender identity or expression and may conduct hearings with regard thereto.

      (b) With regard to housing, investigate tensions, practices of discrimination and acts of prejudice against any person or group because of race, color, creed, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin or ancestry, and may conduct hearings with regard thereto.

      (c) With regard to employment, investigate tensions, practices of discrimination and acts of prejudice against any person or group because of race, color, creed, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin or ancestry, and may conduct hearings with regard thereto.

      2.  Mediate between or reconcile the persons or groups involved in those tensions, practices and acts.

      3.  Issue subpoenas for the attendance of witnesses or for the production of documents or tangible evidence relevant to any investigations or hearings conducted by the Commission.

      4.  Delegate its power to hold hearings and issue subpoenas to any of its members or any hearing officer in its employ.

      5.  Adopt reasonable regulations necessary for the Commission to carry out the functions assigned to it by law.

      (Added to NRS by 1977, 1605; A 1979, 615; 1991, 1019; 1995, 1989; 2003, 1327; 2005, 22nd Special Session, 93; 2011, 500, 871, 877)

      NRS 233.153  Legislative approval required before Commission may enter into contract with United States Department of Housing and Urban Development to act as certified agency.

      1.  The Commission shall not contract with or enter into a memorandum of understanding with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development for the Commission to investigate and enforce laws relating to fair housing as a certified agency unless the Legislature, by resolution or other appropriate legislative measure, expressly authorizes the Commission to do so.

      2.  As used in this section:

      (a) “Certified agency” has the meaning ascribed to it in 24 C.F.R. § 115.100(c). The term refers to the certification of an agency as substantially equivalent as described in 42 U.S.C. § 3610(f)(3)(A) and 24 C.F.R. Part 115, Subpart B.

      (b) “Memorandum of understanding” means the memorandum of understanding described in 24 C.F.R. § 115.210.

      (Added to NRS by 2005, 22nd Special Session, 92)

      NRS 233.155  Gift Fund.  All gifts of money which the Commission is authorized to accept must be deposited with the State Treasurer for credit to the Nevada Equal Rights Commission Gift Fund which is hereby created as a trust fund.

      (Added to NRS by 1979, 616; A 1983, 386)

      NRS 233.157  Acceptance of complaint alleging unlawful discriminatory practice; regulations for processing complaint.  The Commission shall accept any complaint alleging an unlawful discriminatory practice over which it has jurisdiction pursuant to this chapter. The Commission shall adopt regulations setting forth the manner in which the Commission will process any such complaint and determine whether to hold an informal meeting or conduct an investigation concerning the complaint.

      (Added to NRS by 2003, 1326)

      NRS 233.160  Complaint alleging unlawful discriminatory practices: Limitations on filing; contents; duties of Commission. [Effective until the date the Governor declares that the Federal Government has determined that certain provisions of NRS provide rights and remedies for alleged discriminatory housing practices substantially equivalent to federal law.]

      1.  A complaint which alleges unlawful discriminatory practices in:

      (a) Housing must be filed with the Commission not later than 1 year after the date of the occurrence of the alleged practice or the date on which the practice terminated.

      (b) Employment or public accommodations must be filed with the Commission not later than 300 days after the date of the occurrence of the alleged practice.

Ê A complaint is timely if it is filed with an appropriate federal agency within that period. A complainant shall not file a complaint with the Commission if any other state or federal administrative body or officer which has comparable jurisdiction to adjudicate complaints of discriminatory practices has made a decision upon a complaint based upon the same facts and legal theory.

      2.  The complainant shall specify in the complaint the alleged unlawful practice and sign it under oath.

      3.  The Commission shall send to the party against whom an unlawful discriminatory practice is alleged:

      (a) A copy of the complaint;

      (b) An explanation of the rights which are available to that party; and

      (c) A copy of the Commission’s procedures.

      (Added to NRS by 1977, 1606; A 1983, 661; 1991, 1982; 2005, 22nd Special Session, 94)

      NRS 233.160  Complaint alleging unlawful discriminatory practice: Limitations on filing; contents; duties of Commission; filing of answer. [Effective on the date the Governor declares that the Federal Government has determined that certain provisions of NRS provide rights and remedies for alleged discriminatory housing practices substantially equivalent to federal law.]

      1.  A complaint which alleges an unlawful discriminatory practice in:

      (a) Housing must be filed with the Commission not later than 1 year after the date of the occurrence of the alleged practice or the date on which the practice terminated.

      (b) Employment or public accommodations must be filed with the Commission not later than 300 days after the date of the occurrence of the alleged practice.

Ê A complaint is timely if it is filed with an appropriate federal agency within that period. A complainant shall not file a complaint with the Commission if any other state or federal administrative body or officer which has comparable jurisdiction to adjudicate complaints of discriminatory practices has made a decision upon a complaint based upon the same facts and legal theory.

      2.  The complainant shall specify in the complaint the alleged unlawful practice. The complaint must be in writing and signed, under oath, by the complainant.

      3.  If the complaint alleges an unlawful discriminatory practice in housing, the Commission shall serve upon the complainant:

      (a) Notice that the complaint was filed with the Commission;

      (b) A copy of the Commission’s procedures;

      (c) The information set forth in subsection 5 of NRS 233.170; and

      (d) Information relating to the state and federal administrative bodies and courts with which the complainant may file the complaint.

      4.  The Commission shall send to the party against whom an unlawful discriminatory practice is alleged:

      (a) A copy of the complaint;

      (b) An explanation of the rights which are available to that party; and

      (c) A copy of the Commission’s procedures.

Ê If the complaint alleges an unlawful discriminatory practice in housing, the Commission shall comply with the requirements of this subsection within 10 days after it receives the complaint.

      5.  A person against whom an unlawful discriminatory practice in housing is alleged may file with the Commission an answer to the complaint filed against him or her not later than 10 days after the person receives the information described in subsection 4.

      (Added to NRS by 1977, 1606; A 1983, 661; 1991, 1982; 1995, 1989; 2005, 22nd Special Session, 94, effective on the date the Governor declares that the Federal Government has determined that certain provisions of NRS provide rights and remedies for alleged discriminatory housing practices substantially equivalent to federal law)

      NRS 233.165  Complaint alleging unlawful discriminatory practice in housing: Period for investigation and final disposition. [Effective on the date the Governor declares that the Federal Government has determined that certain provisions of NRS provide rights and remedies for alleged discriminatory housing practices substantially equivalent to federal law.]

      1.  If the Commission determines to conduct an investigation of a complaint which alleges an unlawful discriminatory practice in housing in accordance with the regulations adopted pursuant to NRS 233.157, the Commission must:

      (a) Begin an investigation of the complaint within 30 days after it receives the complaint.

      (b) Complete its investigation of the complaint within 100 days after it receives the complaint unless it is impracticable to do so.

      (c) Make a final disposition of the complaint within 1 year after the date it receives the complaint unless it is impracticable to do so.

      2.  If the Commission determines that it is impracticable to complete an investigation or make a final disposition of a complaint which alleges an unlawful discriminatory practice in housing within the period prescribed in subsection 1, the Commission shall send to the complainant and the person against whom the complaint was filed a statement setting forth its reasons for not completing the investigation or making a final disposition of the complaint within that period.

      (Added to NRS by 1995, 1989; A 2003, 1327, effective on the date the Governor declares that the Federal Government has determined that certain provisions of NRS provide rights and remedies for alleged discriminatory housing practices substantially equivalent to federal law)

      NRS 233.170  Administrative action on complaint alleging unlawful practice; judicial review; award of damages. [Effective until the date the Governor declares that the Federal Government has determined that certain provisions of NRS provide rights and remedies for alleged discriminatory housing practices substantially equivalent to federal law.]

      1.  When a complaint is filed whose allegations if true would support a finding of unlawful practice, the Commission shall determine whether to hold an informal meeting to attempt a settlement of the dispute in accordance with the regulations adopted pursuant to NRS 233.157. If the Commission determines to hold an informal meeting, the Administrator may, to prepare for the meeting, request from each party any information which is reasonably relevant to the complaint. No further action may be taken if the parties agree to a settlement.

      2.  If an agreement is not reached at the informal meeting, the Administrator shall determine whether to conduct an investigation into the alleged unlawful practice in accordance with the regulations adopted pursuant to NRS 233.157. After the investigation, if the Administrator determines that an unlawful practice has occurred, the Administrator shall attempt to mediate between or reconcile the parties. The party against whom a complaint was filed may agree to cease the unlawful practice. If an agreement is reached, no further action may be taken by the complainant or by the Commission.

      3.  If the attempts at mediation or conciliation fail, the Commission may hold a public hearing on the matter. After the hearing, if the Commission determines that an unlawful practice has occurred, it may:

      (a) Serve a copy of its findings of fact within 10 calendar days upon any person found to have engaged in the unlawful practice; and

      (b) Order the person to:

             (1) Cease and desist from the unlawful practice.

             (2) In cases involving an unlawful employment practice, restore all benefits and rights to which the aggrieved person is entitled, including, but not limited to, rehiring, back pay for a period not to exceed 2 years after the date of the most recent unlawful practice, annual leave time, sick leave time or pay, other fringe benefits and seniority, with interest thereon from the date of the Commission’s decision at a rate equal to the prime rate at the largest bank in Nevada, as ascertained by the Commissioner of Financial Institutions, on January 1 or July 1, as the case may be, immediately preceding the date of the Commission’s decision, plus 2 percent. The rate of interest must be adjusted accordingly on each January 1 and July 1 thereafter until the judgment is satisfied.

      4.  The order of the Commission is a final decision in a contested case for the purpose of judicial review. If the person fails to comply with the Commission’s order, the Commission shall apply to the district court for an order compelling such compliance, but failure or delay on the part of the Commission does not prejudice the right of an aggrieved party to judicial review. The court shall issue the order unless it finds that the Commission’s findings or order are not supported by substantial evidence or are otherwise arbitrary or capricious. If the court upholds the Commission’s order and finds that the person has violated the order by failing to cease and desist from the unlawful practice or to make the payment ordered, the court shall award the aggrieved party actual damages for any economic loss and no more.

      5.  After the Commission has held a public hearing and rendered a decision, the complainant is barred from proceeding on the same facts and legal theory before any other administrative body or officer.

      (Added to NRS by 1961, 732; A 1975, 776, 1454; 1977, 62, 1604; 1983, 771; 1987, 941; 2003, 1327)

      NRS 233.170  Complaint alleging unlawful practice: Procedure for resolution; effect of settlement or decision; scope of administrative or judicial order. [Effective on the date the Governor declares that the Federal Government has determined that certain provisions of NRS provide rights and remedies for alleged discriminatory housing practices substantially equivalent to federal law.]

      1.  When a complaint is filed whose allegations if true would support a finding of unlawful practice, the Commission shall determine whether to hold an informal meeting to attempt a settlement of the dispute in accordance with the regulations adopted pursuant to NRS 233.157. If the Commission determines to hold an informal meeting, the Administrator may, to prepare for the meeting, request from each party any information which is reasonably relevant to the complaint. Except as otherwise provided in subsection 3, no further action may be taken if the parties agree to a settlement.

      2.  If an agreement is not reached at the informal meeting, the Administrator shall determine whether to conduct an investigation into the alleged unlawful practice in accordance with the regulations adopted pursuant to NRS 233.157. After the investigation, if the Administrator determines that an unlawful practice has occurred, the Administrator shall attempt to mediate between or reconcile the parties. The party against whom a complaint was filed may agree to cease the unlawful practice. Except as otherwise provided in subsection 3, if an agreement is reached, no further action may be taken by the complainant or by the Commission.

      3.  If an agreement is reached by the parties in a case involving a discriminatory practice in housing, the agreement must be approved by the Commission. The agreement must be made public unless the parties otherwise agree and the Commission determines that disclosure is not necessary to further the purposes of chapter 118 of NRS.

      4.  If the attempts at mediation or conciliation fail in a case involving an unlawful practice in employment or public accommodations, the Commission may hold a public hearing on the matter. After the hearing, if the Commission determines that an unlawful practice has occurred, it may:

      (a) Serve a copy of its findings of fact within 10 calendar days upon any person found to have engaged in the unlawful practice; and

      (b) Order the person to:

             (1) Cease and desist from the unlawful practice.

             (2) In cases involving an unlawful employment practice, restore all benefits and rights to which the aggrieved person is entitled, including, but not limited to, rehiring, back pay for a period not to exceed 2 years after the date of the most recent unlawful practice, annual leave time, sick leave time or pay, other fringe benefits and seniority, with interest thereon from the date of the Commission’s decision at a rate equal to the prime rate at the largest bank in Nevada, as ascertained by the Commissioner of Financial Institutions, on January 1 or July 1, as the case may be, immediately preceding the date of the Commission’s decision, plus 2 percent. The rate of interest must be adjusted accordingly on each January 1 and July 1 thereafter until the judgment is satisfied.

      5.  If the attempts at mediation or conciliation fail in a case involving an unlawful housing practice:

      (a) The complainant or the person against whom the complaint was filed may elect to have the claims included in the complaint decided in a court of competent jurisdiction. If the court determines that the person against whom the complaint was filed has committed an unlawful housing practice, the court may:

             (1) Award to the complainant actual damages and, within the limitations prescribed by federal law, punitive damages.

             (2) Award to the prevailing party costs and reasonable attorney’s fees.

             (3) Order such other relief as the court deems appropriate, including, but not limited to:

                   (I) Ordering a permanent or temporary injunction;

                   (II) Issuing a temporary restraining order; or

                   (III) Enjoining the defendant from continuing the unlawful practice or taking other such affirmative action.

      (b) If an election is not made pursuant to paragraph (a), the Commission shall hold a public hearing on the matter. After the hearing, if the Commission determines that an unlawful practice has occurred, it may:

             (1) Serve a copy of its findings of fact within 10 days upon any person found to have engaged in the unlawful practice;

             (2) Order the person to cease and desist from the unlawful practice;

             (3) Award to the complainant actual damages; and

             (4) Impose a civil penalty of not more than $25,000 upon the person who committed the unlawful discriminatory practice.

      6.  The order of the Commission is a final decision in a contested case for the purpose of judicial review. If the person fails to comply with the Commission’s order, the Commission shall apply to the district court for an order compelling such compliance, but failure or delay on the part of the Commission does not prejudice the right of an aggrieved party to judicial review. The court shall issue the order unless it finds that the Commission’s findings or order are not supported by substantial evidence or are otherwise arbitrary or capricious. If the court upholds the Commission’s order and finds that the person has violated the order by failing to cease and desist from the unlawful practice or to make the payment ordered, the court shall award the aggrieved party actual damages for any economic loss and no more.

      7.  After the Commission has held a public hearing and rendered a decision, the complainant is barred from proceeding on the same facts and legal theory before any other administrative body or officer.

      (Added to NRS by 1961, 732; A 1975, 776, 1454; 1977, 62, 1604; 1983, 771; 1987, 941; 1995, 1990; 1997, 52; 2003, 1327, 1328, effective on the date the Governor declares that the Federal Government has determined that certain provisions of NRS provide rights and remedies for alleged discriminatory housing practices substantially equivalent to federal law)

      NRS 233.180  Injunctive relief.  If, after the Administrator has conducted a preliminary investigation into an alleged unlawful discriminatory practice in housing, employment or public accommodations, the Commission determines that the practice will cause immediate and irreparable harm to any person aggrieved by the practice, the Commission, after the informal meeting and before holding a public hearing upon the matter, may apply on behalf of such person to the district court for a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction as provided in the Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure.

      (Added to NRS by 1977, 1606; A 2003, 1330)

      NRS 233.190  Confidentiality of information.

      1.  Except as otherwise provided in this section or NRS 239.0115, any information gathered by the Commission in the course of its investigation of an alleged unlawful discriminatory practice in housing, employment or public accommodations is confidential.

      2.  The Commission may disclose information gathered pursuant to subsection 1 to:

      (a) Any governmental entity as appropriate or necessary to carry out its duties pursuant to this chapter; or

      (b) To any other person if the information is provided in a manner which does not include any information that may be used to identify the complainant, the party against whom the unlawful discriminatory practice is alleged or any person who provided information to the Commission during the investigation.

      3.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 4, the Commission shall disclose information gathered pursuant to subsection 1 to the complainant and the party against whom the unlawful discriminatory practice is alleged if:

      (a) Each has consented to such disclosure; or

      (b) The Commission has determined to conduct a hearing on the matter or apply for a temporary restraining order or an injunction or an action has been filed in court concerning the complaint.

      4.  The Commission may not disclose to the complainant or the party against whom the unlawful discriminatory practice is alleged:

      (a) Any information obtained during negotiations for a settlement or attempts at mediating or conciliating the complaint.

      (b) Any investigative notes or reports made by the Commission.

      (c) Any information that may be used to identify a person who provided information to the Commission during the investigation and who has requested anonymity.

      5.  Except as otherwise provided in this section or NRS 239.0115, if the Commission’s attempts at mediating or conciliating the cause of the grievance succeed, the information gathered pursuant to subsection 1 must remain confidential.

      6.  If the Commission proceeds with a hearing or applies for injunctive relief, confidentiality concerning any information, except negotiations for a settlement or attempts at mediating or conciliating the cause of the grievance, is no longer required.

      (Added to NRS by 1977, 1606; A 2003, 1330; 2007, 2080)

      NRS 233.200  Report to Governor.  After the completion of any hearing the Commission shall make a report in writing to the Governor setting forth its findings of fact and recommendations or actions taken pursuant to this chapter. The Commission shall use its best efforts to bring about compliance with its recommendations.

      (Added to NRS by 1977, 1606)

      NRS 233.205  Certain promotions based on sex do not constitute an unlawful discriminatory practice in public accommodations.  Notwithstanding any provision of this chapter, it is not an unlawful discriminatory practice in public accommodations for any place of public accommodation to offer differential pricing, discounted pricing or special offers based on sex to promote or market the place of public accommodation.

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 876)

      NRS 233.210  Unlawful acts; penalty.  Any person who willfully resists, prevents, impedes or interferes with the Commission, its members, the Administrator or agents in the performance of duties pursuant to this chapter shall be fined not more than $500.

      (Added to NRS by 1971, 886; A 1979, 1463; 1985, 256; 2003, 1331)