Disability Discrimination

Disability Discrimination

Home Services Disability Discrimination

Disability and reasonable adjustments

disability discrimination

A Disability is defined as “a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long
term adverse effect on a person’s ability to carry out their normal day-to-day activities, whilst Physical impairments affect the senses such as sight and hearing, heart disease, diabetes , and epilepsy.

Mental impairments include learning disabilities and mental ill health, mental impairments are known as hidden disabilities such as ADHD and autism. Long-term are effects that last or are likely to last at least 12 months.

Day-to-day activities are normal activities carried out by most people on a regular basis
some examples of which are, Mobility, Manual dexterity Physical coordination, and Memory
or ability to concentrate.

If as a result of their disability an individual is treated worse than another person in a similar
situation or as an employer you fail to make reasonable changes to allow this person to work/ be interviewed etc. 

The individual can challenge this treatment under disability discrimination legislation, as everyone should be given equal opportunities in the workplace.

What is a reasonable adjustment?
A reasonable adjustment is a change to remove or reduce the effect of:

  • An employees disability so they can do their job.
  • A job applicant’s a disability when applying for a job.

Reasonable Adjustments could be to:

  • The workplace – making changes to the employee’s place of work.
  • The way things are done – Providing equipment to assist the individual to carry out their job.
  • Get someone to help the employee or job applicant.

It is important as an employer when considering reasonable adjustments that you consult
with both the employee and a medical professional to determine the best approach, minimising the risk of disability discrimination. 

Speak with our HR consultants today for any queries on disability discrimination. 

Contact HR Consultants

Please fill out your details below and a member of our team will get in touch with you.

Don't just take our word for it