Where a worker or employee is treated less favourably than their colleagues owing to their disability, they may be able to bring a claim for disability discrimination in the workplace. If you have suffered discrimination on the grounds of a disability, or because someone you are associated with has a disability, we can help. Employment Law Edinburgh is powered by Thompsons solicitors, and we have excellent experience in handling disability discrimination claims.

Call us today on 0131 322 1032 or complete our online enquiry form or complete our online contact form and one of our specialist discrimination lawyers will get back to you as soon as possible. We look forward to helping you move forward in your working life.

Disability Discrimination Claims Lawyers, Edinburgh 

We understand that suffering disability discrimination in the workplace can have a devastating impacting on your working life, your finances and even your personal wellbeing. We are here to help get your life back on track. 

Disability discrimination can occur directly or indirectly. Direct discrimination takes place where an individual is treated less favourably because they have a disability. This is compared to another person who does not have a disability and works in the same environment. Indirect disability discrimination is where a workplace implements a rule or policy which is applied equally to all members of the workforce but has a negative impact on individuals who have a disability, compared to ther members of the workforce. 

Employers are under an obligation to ensure that the procedures and facilities in your place of work safeguard you from disability discrimination. Where they fail in this obligation, you may be able to bring a claim for compensation. Our lawyers are ready to assist you. 

However, if you believe that you have been the subject of disability discrimination, the team at Employment Law Edinburgh may be able to help you. 

What responsibilities do employers have towards workers with a disability? 

Under the Equality Act 2010, employers must make "reasonable adjustments" to enable workers and employees with a disability to carry out their duties at work. Examples include adjustment of working patterns or hours, providing equipment that makes the job more manageable for the employee, 

If an employer fails to make such reasonable adjustments to accomodate an employee or worker with a disability, or where there is some other form of disability discrimination, the employee may be able to bring a claim form compensation. Our team of experienced solicitorts at Employment Law Edinburgh are experts in the field of discrimination and will take the time to listen to your situation and give clear and pragmatic advice on how best to handle your case.

Examples of disability discrimination in the workplace

As specialist disability discrimination lawyers, we deal with examples of disability discrimination in the workplace regularly. We have outlined some common circumstances which may help you to understand whether you can bring a successful claim against your employer for disability discrimination. Examples of disability discrimination in the workplace include: 

  • Dismissed as a result of a disability or reasons related to disability.
  • Redundancy as a result of a disability or for reasons related to a disability.
  • Where a colleague or your employer makes a comment about people with disabilities which is offensive, and this is not dealt with in a proper way.
  • Where an employer fails to make reasonable adjustments to your workplace to accommodate you. Such as where you are unable to access the workplace properly, or you are unable to carry out your role properly. 
  • Where disciplinary action is taken against an employee for circumstances caused by their disability. This could include things such as lateness or absence, or taking longer to adapt to changes in the workplace. Your employer must take steps to investigate whether the situation related to your disability, and whether the could take steps to assist you. 

How can I make a claim for disability discrimination in the workplace?

Disability discrimination in the workplace can be difficult to prove, but our solicitors will guide you through the process with understanding and empathy. One of the most significant difficulties in disability discrimination cases is in proving that the conduct or outcome was not as a result of something else. A good example is where an employee is dismissed, an employer may seek to argue it was because the employee was incompetent or negligent and not as a result of their disability. 

For example, if you have been dismissed, your employer may argue that it was because of negligence or incompetence, and not related to your disability. In order to make a successful claim for disability discrimination against your employer you must be able to prove:

  • That you suffered a disadvantage in the workplace of some kind. Examples include: disciplinary proceedings, dismissal or other detrimental treatment. 
  • That the reason you have suffered the disadvantage was as a result of your disability. This may be the sole reason you suffered the disadvantage or a contributory factor. 
  • That you have suffered the disadvantage at the hands of your employer or a colleague where your employer failed to take appropriate action to protect you. 
  • That other workers or employees in your workplace that do not have a disability experienced more favourable treatment, or were not subject to the same disadvantage as you.

Disability discrimination cases can be challenging, so it is important to get the right legal advice from a team of employment solicitors with experience in handling disability discrimination cases.

 When you contact Employment Law Edinburgh, we will take the time to understand your specific circumstances, and listen to your concerns. Your solicitor will then explain all of your options to you clearly and concisely, so you know how best to move forward. We will gather evidence to support your claim, investigating your circumstances in depth to give you the best chance of success in claiming compensation. To discuss your case with a solicitor that can help, get in touch with our team today. We look forward to hearing from you.

Contact Employment Law Edinburgh Edinburgh Today

If you are concerned that you have been the subject of Disability Discrimination, we at Employment Law Edinburgh are here to help. Our team of lawyers are specialists in the field of Employment law and regularly advise individuals on how to pursue a claim of disability discrimination. We will work in partnership with you, and offer impartial and comprehensive advice on how best to deal with your situation and seek an effective solution to the problem. 

Call us today on 0131 322 1032 or complete our online enquiry form or complete our online contact form and one of our specialist discrimination lawyers will get back to you as soon as possible. We look forward to helping you move forward in your working life.

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