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

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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Financial Conduct Authority discriminated against worker with kidney disease

23 Aug 2019

Tribunal finds poor appraisal score was discriminatory.

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Diabetic bank manager discriminated against after locking customer in branch

13 Aug 2019

An employment tribunal found the bank liable for disability discrimination.

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Police officer’s ‘perceived disability’ was discriminatory

24 Jun 2019

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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