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What Is Disability Discrimination In The Workplace?

Disability discrimination is when an individual/employee gets treated unfairly due to their physical or mental conditions.

It can be when an employer or manager treats a disabled employee differently or unfairly compared to others.

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When a disabled individual does not get recruited because of their conditions.

When colleagues, employers or managers harass and discriminate a disabled employee.

Being dismissed from your job due to being disabled.

When an organisation does not accommodate disabled employees in the workplace.

Salary being less than your team members.

The Equality Act 2010 provides protections for disability discrimination in the workplace.

The law protects employees, former employees, workers, job applicants, contractors and self employed individuals from disability discrimination.

Disability discrimination, direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation are all different types of discrimination protected by the law.

An organisation has to provide you with reasonable needs in order for you to do your job.

Recruiters are only allowed to ask you about your conditions if you need assistance throughout the recruitment process or to make sure you are able to do the necessary work.


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An organisation cannot demote you or dismiss you from employment if you become disabled.

Note: Substance abuse is not a disability by law.

An employee (Mr Barrow) diagnosed with cancer was unfairly and immediately dismissed, harassed and received ill-treatment within the workplace of the company KBR.

Mr Barrow worked at KBR for 36 years.

His disability affected his behaviour by becoming hyperactive and found difficulty to concentrate on his work.

After Mr Barrow’s workplace retaliation, he received £2.5m from an employment tribunal finding.


NHS employee, Ms McKenzie was unfairly dismissed from her nursing job.

Ms McKenzie suffered from migraines, depression and anxiety.

She failed to attend work for a number of days, resulting in warnings and dismissal.

She then took it further to the employment tribunal.

During the tribunal, they found that Ms McKenzie’s migraines, depression and anxiety was classed as adisability under The Equality Act 2010.


Organisations should have anti-discrimination policies.

You shouldn’t be treated any differently because of your conditions.

A violation of disability rights and an organisation’s policies, is a call to blow the whistle.

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