Where an individual is treated less well than their colleagues owing to their disability, they are the subject of disability discrimination. Disability discrimination and indeed any form of discrimination in the workplace is illegal in the UK. The guiding legislation in this area is the Equality Act 2010, which sets out how instances of disability discrimination are to be dealt with.
It is important to note that disability discrimination can either happen directly or indirectly;
Due to all forms of discrimination, including disability discrimination, being illegal under UK law employers must ensure that they have the procedures and facilities in place to guard against it and to protect employees from being subjected to it. 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.
Under the Equality Act 2010, employers must make "reasonable adjustments" to allow workers who have a form of disability to carry out their activities. These alterations needn't be particularly sophisticated. The law simple requires that an employer makes the necessary arrangements to allow its employees have a disability to carry out their function alongside their other colleagues.
If an employer fails to make 'reasonable adjustments' for an employee with a disability e.g. adjusting the hours an individual is required to work or providing specialist equipment to make a job more manageable, or there is some other form of disability discrimination the matter may need to be brought before an Employment Tribunal. The team 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 situation.
If you think that disability discrimination is an issue for you please contact our expert employment lawyers in Edinburgh today. Your enquiry will be handled professionally and confidentially.
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