Disability Discrimination FAQ
Discrimination based on disability is illegal in Minnesota. Under the Minnesota Human Rights Act, disability is a “protected class.”
And it is illegal to treat you differently because of your disability in:
- Public accommodations
- Public services
These are called “protected areas.” There are some exceptions about how disability is covered under the Minnesota Human Rights Act.
What is a disability?
A person has a disability if:
- He or she has a physical, sensory—blindness or deafness, for example—or mental impairment. This impairment “materially interferes” with—it largely gets in the way of—a major life activity; or
- He or she has a record of this kind of impairment; or
- He or she is recognized as having this kind of impairment.
Not every injury or illness amounts to “disability” under the Minnesota Human Rights Act.