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Equality North East

Disability discrimination legal update

Though many employers are taking steps to improve workplace diversity and increase awareness around mental health, disabled people continue to face discrimination at work. More than half of all disabled people have been bullied or harassed in the workplace because of their impairment, while 21 per cent try to hide their disability from their employers, according to research by Scope.

Employers have a legal duty to make reasonable adjustments, where necessary, to ensure employees with disabilities are not disadvantaged at work.

Legal definition
Disability discrimination occurs where a disabled person is treated unfavourably because of something arising in consequence of their disability, and it cannot be shown that the treatment is a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim.

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November 13, 2017

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