Disability is one of 9 ‘protected characteristics’ covered by discrimination law (Equality Act 2010). The law protects people against discrimination, harassment and victimisation at work.
Under disability discrimination legislation it is unlawful for employers to discriminate against jobseekers or employees with disabilities. The law covers all aspects of employment from recruitment through to the ending of the employment and beyond – for example giving employment references. The law includes:
•arrangements for recruiting and selecting new staff
•terms and conditions of employment, including pay and benefits
•promotion, transfer or training opportunities
•work placement opportunities
•disciplinary procedures
•performance management and attendance procedures
•dismissal or redundancy
•occupational pensions
•the way that the work is arranged and performed
•the physical features of an employer’s premises

If you feel you have been discriminated against regarding disability issues, please contact ELREC for support and advice.