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.


Barclays banker given £10k pay-out in toilet access case

A tribunal has found Barclays had failed to make reasonable adjustments for a banker who had Crohn's disease.

Security manager told to ‘grow up’ during cancer treatment

31 Mar 2021

An employment tribunal in Birmingham ruled that Steve Pointon was subject to disability discrimination and constructive dismissal.

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Employment law specialist wins £168,000 in unfair dismissal case

11 Mar 2021

Elizabeth Aylott suffered from anxiety and depression and was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder after leaving her job at BPP University.

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Racist, sexist, homophobic police officers sacked

8 Jan 2021

Three police officers at Hampshire Constabulary’s serious organised crime unit were sacked for gross misconduct after being secretly bugged following whistleblower concerns.

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Disabled jobseekers ‘still face barriers to public sector roles’

3 Dec 2020

Although the Covid-19 pandemic has broken down numerous barriers that often stop disabled people finding work, there is still a...

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Whistleblowers who also claim discrimination likely to lose tribunal case

3 Dec 2020

Whistleblowers who claim to be victims of workplace discrimination are more likely to lose their case, according to new research....

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Ten years of the Equality Act 2010: key cases for employers

1 Oct 2020

Ten years ago, the Equality Act 2010 consolidated discrimination laws into a single piece of legislation. We highlight 10 key...

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Dismissed Lidl worker claims to follow ancient Hellenistic philosophy

24 Sep 2020

Stoicism – an ancient philosophy – is a protected characteristic, rules tribunal.

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Lecturer called ‘mad as a box of frogs’ wins constructive dismissal claim

30 Jun 2020

A former university lecturer has successfully brought a constructive unfair dismissal claim at an employment tribunal after the education establishment...

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Why placing people in groups based on risk goes against inclusivity

29 Jun 2020

As employers prepare to return to work, many are considering certain groups of employees based on their risk factors. But...

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Recent case shows employers must consider disability before dismissing staff

13 May 2020

Leeds Teaching hospital case casts fresh light on organisations vulnerability to discriminatory decisions.

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Firms face legal ‘minefield’ when staff return to work

12 May 2020

Employers face a ‘minefield’ of legal risks when they bring staff back into the workplace, especially if they ask workers...

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Hairdresser wins £20k after being asked to clean up dog excrement

21 Apr 2020

A hairdresser has been awarded £20,000 at an employment tribunal after her boss asked her to pick up excrement in...

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Virgin Atlantic pilot’s unfair dismissal claim reinstated

6 Apr 2020

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

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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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