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.


Virgin Atlantic pilot’s unfair dismissal claim reinstated

A Virgin Atlantic pilot rumoured to have slept during a flight is claiming unfair dismissal against his employer after failing flight simulation tests.

DWP loses 12.5% disability discrimination claims

9 Mar 2020

The Department for Work and Pensions lost one in eight disability discrimination cases brought against it in 2016-19 – more...

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Capping disabled police officers’ pay-outs was discriminatory

28 Feb 2020

The decision to cap compensation for two police officers with disabilities to prevent them from receiving a “windfall” was unfavourable...

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Sky engineer dismissed for safety issue was discriminated against

23 Jan 2020

A Sky engineer who breached health and safety rules while experiencing a mental health condition was discriminated against and unfairly...

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‘Anti-IQ’ slurs: Why HR should be mindful of intelligence-related bullying

13 Jan 2020

Terms like “nerd” and “geek” may not seem as harmful as racial or homophobic slurs, but a senior academic last...

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Goldman Sachs settles disability claim with former analyst

8 Jan 2020

Investment bank Goldman Sachs has settled a discrimination claim with a former analyst who said the company failed to make...

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Trader diagnosed with depression after excessive working wins tribunal claim

20 Dec 2019

A trader who became ill after working excessive hours in an understaffed department was discriminated against because of his mental...

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The 10 most important employment law cases in 2019

11 Dec 2019

We round up the most significant cases of the year including legal judgments on CCTV, restrictive covenants, enhancing shared parental leave, collective bargaining and more...

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Kitchen manager dismissed for food safety issues was discriminated against

9 Dec 2019

A Beefeater kitchen manager who was dismissed for food safety failings after working excessive hours was discriminated against because of...

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Department store criticised for period badges

29 Nov 2019

A department store in Japan has said it is reviewing a policy where its staff could wear badges indicating whether...

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Boots failed to provide equipment for employee with hearing impairment

6 Nov 2019

An ex-Boots employee with a severe hearing impairment has won his case at an employment tribunal after the company failed...

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Jobseekers advised to avoid words such as ‘depression’

9 Oct 2019

Jobcentre Plus employees have been advised to tell people looking for work to hide mental health issues with terms such...

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Ascertaining whether an employee has a disability

1 Oct 2019

Charles Wynn-Evans examines the issues arising from HR referring an employee to occupational health and the lessons to be learnt...

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Guide improves recruitment for visibly different candidates

23 Sep 2019

Changing Faces has launched a guide to help employers provide a positive recruitment process for people with a visible difference such as a mark or scar.

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Suicidal NHS worker threatened with legal action awarded £92k

11 Sep 2019

A former NHS worker who was threatened with legal action after reporting feeling suicidal has been awarded £92,000 in compensation...

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