Disability Discrimination Claims
Disabled employees, irrespective of the nature of their disability, should have an expectation that their rights be protected when it comes to employment. Employers should respect and make adequate adjustments for each individual employee’s needs in this area and it is unlawful for them not to do so. The effect of legislation such as the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and the Equality Act 2010 is to impose obligations on employers designed to promote equal opportunities for their disabled employees.
The law requires employers to have policies in place to ensure that they don’t treat disabled employees less favourably than able bodied ones, and that they follow this through with compliance action. There may need to be access changes to the workplace, or specialised equipment provided, or flexibility with hours of work - all designed to ensure that disabled workers can perform to their optimum at work.