Employment Law – What Is Disability Discrimination?

I found this article relating to Employment Law which I thought may be of interest. So here it is for you

It is against the law to discriminate against people who are registered as disabled in any areas of their lives. Such as, at work, when providing goods, facilities and services, when renting or buying property or in education.

There are two types of disability discrimination, direct and indirect. Direct discrimination is when you are not treated as favourably as others because of your disability. Indirect discrimination is where there is a policy or practice that seems to apply to everyone but in actual fact it puts disabled people at an unfair disadvantage compared with people who are without a disability.

It has also been found to be disability discrimination if you are harassed because of your disability, such as, people making jokes about your condition; or to make a victim of you if you take legal action because of discrimination against you; if there has not been appropriate reasonable adjustments made so that disabled people have access to places, facilities and services; and if someone discriminates against you because of an association you have with someone with a disability (discrimination by association).


Disability discrimination can only be found if the disability is ‘a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long-term negative effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.’ This therefore means that a disability could include sensory impairments, such as sight and hearing, or mental impairments such as learning disabilities, dyslexia and mental illness. This means that disability discrimination can affect many millions of people.

Disability discrimination in the workplace is against the law. Employers must not treat you less favourably because of your disability. However, an employer can treat disabled people less favourably only if they have a sufficiently justifiable reason for doing so, and only if that issue cannot be rectified by making reasonable adjustments.

The law provides basic rights to everyone who buys or rents property. If you are disabled, you will have other rights that protect you against discrimination when you rent or buy property. The people who rent or sell you property, may discriminate against you if they refuse to sell or rent you the property; offer you the property on worse terms that would have been offered to someone who is not disabled; treat you less favourably on a waiting list than someone who is not disabled; if you are renting, they may unreasonably prevent you from using benefits or facilities, or do not allow you to use these extra services because of your disability; or you are renting and your landlord evicts or harasses you because of your disability.


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