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Disability Discrimination in the Workplace – What You Need to Know

You do not have to inform your employer about any kind of impairment or condition that you may have, however, many people with disabilities choose to do so and generally speaking, it is in their best interest for the sake of communication and understanding within the workplace.

Disabled people can be privy to discrimination at inside the workplace constantly, but talking with your employer could help you to get the support you require to do your job successfully.

When your employer is aware of the fact that you are disabled, they will be able to consider your request for support under the 2010 Equality Act. This means that if you wish to have adjustments at work, you need to tell your employer about your impairment or condition.

With this in mind, here in this blog we outline some useful information to know in regards to addressing your disability with your employer.

Discussing Your Condition With Your Employer

If you’ve been working in your job for a while and haven’t mentioned about your disability,

perhaps you may be feeling concerned about explaining why you have not yet disclosed this information to your employer any sooner. Do not feel as though you are under too much  pressure to do this. Although if you wish to, it may help to plan what you’re going to say. A valid explanation could be that:

  • your condition has recently changed, and it is only now that it is affecting your work
  • your work has changed it was not a problem before, but now it is
  • you’ve only just felt able to talk about your condition.

It is unlawful for employers to discriminate against you if you have a disability. The Equality Act 2010 protects you and covers areas including:

  • application forms
  • interview arrangements
  • aptitude or proficiency tests
  • job offers
  • terms of employment, including pay
  • promotion, transfer and training opportunities
  • dismissal or redundancy
  • discipline and grievances.

At Swan Craig Solicitors, our team of highly qualified employment solicitors have the experience and legal knowledge to assist individuals and businesses with a range of issues, such as disability discrimination. For professional legal advice and a friendly approach, get in touch with our team of employment and commercial law specialists today.

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