Disability discrimination

Disabled people are protected in the workplace against direct and indirect disability discrimination, harassment and victimisation because of their disability. Disability discrimination legislation covers disabled employees, but also disabled job applicants in the recruitment process.

Under the Equality Act 2010, an employer has an active duty to make reasonable adjustments for a disabled person where its policies or practices, or physical feature of its premises, put a disabled employee at a substantial disadvantage in comparison with a non-disabled person.


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The duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled workers requires employers to consider what is “reasonable”. But how can employers...

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Are ‘discrimination arising from disability’ claims an easy route to employment tribunal wins?

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The number of employment tribunal claims for discrimination arising from disability appears to be rising. John Charlton looks at what...

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Risks of contacting employees on sick leave with mental health problems

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Following a recent legal decision, employers may need to revisit policies on contacting employees on sick leave, particularly if they...

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Deaf workers: one in four has quit a job because of discrimination

25 Aug 2016

One in four workers with hearing loss has been forced to quit a job because of discrimination, according to a...

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Dismissal of paraplegic employee angry over lack of wheelchair access

23 Aug 2016

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that it could be discrimination arising from disability to dismiss a disabled employee who...

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Belief in proper use of public money can be philosophical belief

10 Aug 2016

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) ordered the employment tribunal to reconsider whether or not a claimant’s philosophical belief in the...

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Five important employment law cases in 2016… and five more to come

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Disability: NHS worker’s claim over blood phobia rejected

7 Jun 2016

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has rejected a reasonable adjustments claim by an NHS worker with severe phobias of blood...

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Employer withdrew job offer due to sickness absence

9 May 2016

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Dismissal over erratic behaviour was disability discrimination

29 Apr 2016

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Obesity discrimination: UK disability laws incompatible with EU directive

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UK laws preventing discrimination against people based on their size should

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