Visible difference

Articles on these pages relate to the inclusion of people with a visible difference in the workplace. The Equality Act 2010 provides protection for people with “severe disfigurements” but this topic covers all types of visible difference, whether its a mark, scar or condition on their face or body – anything that makes them look different.

Disabled staff work the ‘next two months for free’

The size of the disability pay gap means the average disabled employee effectively works for free for the last two...

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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Culture shift needed to tackle discrimination against visibly-different staff

23 May 2019

A significant culture shift, driven by leadership teams, is needed to tackle...

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Disability discrimination: 10 conditions employers might overlook

6 Mar 2014

One of the first things that HR professionals, line managers and occupational health specialists should learn about disability discrimination is...

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Abercrombie & Fitch could face discrimination claims over ‘cool and good-looking’ job ad

11 Feb 2010

A controversial job ad for “cool and good-looking” staff at a major high-street retailer leaves the company wide open to...

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Disfigurement: Looking beyond face value

8 Feb 2010

A disfigurement resulting from trauma, burns or surgery, may require support from occupational health (OH). With one in 111 people...

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Facing up to the reality of disfigurement

17 Nov 2008

Last month the national press picked up on the case of Edward Johnson, who believed that he was being discriminated...

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Facial disfigurement in spotlight as man shunned for being ‘too ugly’

22 Oct 2008

An unemployed man with a facial disfigurement claims he is being discriminated against by employers for being “too ugly”.Edward Johnson,...

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Facial discrimination campaign taken up by Barclays

18 Jul 2008

Barclays is the first company to sign up to a new campaign that aims to raise awareness of ‘facial discrimination’.Despite...

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Prejudice rife over people with facial disfigurements

6 May 2008

An overwhelming majority of people prejudice those with facial disfigurements, a survey has revealed.Research by the charity Changing Faces has...

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How far should the Disability Discrimination Act go?

29 Apr 2008

A recent Glasgow employment tribunal ruled that baldness was not a disability. James Campbell, a 61-year-old retired teacher, argued that...

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Facial disfigurement charity hopes every face will tell a story in nationwide workplace survey

1 Nov 2007

A major survey on the experiences people in the workplace with facial disfigurements has been launched by Changing Faces, a...

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In the eye of the beholder? When does teasing at work become harassment?

13 Jun 2007

Teasing people about their appearance is rife in workplaces in the UK.

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Virgin Atlantic pilot sues for constructive dismissal

11 Sep 2006

 
A pilot working for Virgin Atlantic left disfigured and unable to fly after a car crash was offered another...

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Legal reality of disfigurement discrmination

9 Dec 2003

Employers are being warned that discriminating against candidates with
facial disfigurements is as serious as ignoring disabled jobseekers.
A survey...

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