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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Police officer’s ‘perceived disability’ was discriminatory

A police officer in Wiltshire Constabulary suffered from a degree of hearing loss but this did not affect her ability to do her job, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

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Supreme Court to hear ‘judges are workers’ case

4 Jun 2019

A judge who is seeking a clarification in the law to recognise judges as workers will make her case at...

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Neurodiversity and performance: what employers need to know

7 May 2019

Employers are waking up to the benefits of a neurodiverse workforce. But when it comes to performance management processes, new strategies will be needed

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Menstruation: Is period pain a disability?

12 Apr 2019

Many men and women still view menstruation as a taboo topic and feel uncomfortable talking about periods, even though they...

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Tricky sickness issues – employers’ questions answered (webinar available on demand)

4 Mar 2019

Tuesday 26 March 2019, 11:00am GMT
Handling the tricky issues that can arise when an employee is on sick leave...

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‘We are differently abled, not necessarily disabled’

1 Feb 2019

Angus Baskerville was diagnosed with Asperger’s and ADHD at the age of 15. He told the audience at last year’s...

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Nine New Year’s resolutions for HR

8 Jan 2019

You may be eating more healthily, exercising more or doing dry January, but for HR professionals returning to work, legal...

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Discrimination arising from disability: questions remain about “unfavourable treatment”

8 Jan 2019

XpertHR consultant editor Darren Newman suggests that a recent Supreme Court decision raises more questions than it answers about the...

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Peeling onions led to unfair dismissal of woman with glaucoma

16 Nov 2018

A woman with a long-term eye condition, who lost her job at a food preparation firm after being asked to...

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“Fat ginger pikey” and Yoda comments were not harassment, finds EAT

24 Oct 2018

A salesman who was called a “fat ginger pikey” by work colleagues has lost his claim for disability discrimination and...

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Court of Appeal: Dismissal for behaviour related to disability was discrimination

16 May 2018

Employers could be liable for disability discrimination if they dismiss employees for behaviour that is related to their disability, the...

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One in six workers with diabetes feel they have been discriminated against

13 Apr 2018

One in six workers with diabetes feels they have been discriminated against at work because of their condition, the charity...

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Disabled DWP employee was treated unfairly, tribunal rules

9 Apr 2018

A disabled Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) employee has won £26,000 in compensation after an employment tribunal ruled he...

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National plan for hearing loss aims to spread good practice at work

27 Feb 2018

Action Plan on Hearing Loss is a national programme to spread good practice. This year NHS England published guidance on...

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Disabled shop worker wins tribunal award from M&S over lift key

15 Jan 2018

An employment tribunal has made an award of £1,000 against Marks and Spencer after a delay in providing a disabled...

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