Disability Discrimination

Under the Equality Act 2010 and the UN Convention disabled workers are protected from discrimination in the workplace, as well as in other areas. Under the legislation disabled employees cannot be treated less favourably or victimised, and reasonable adjustments must be made to enable them to work – this could include buying a certain piece of equipment or changing working hours to suit their at-home care schedule.

If you have been discriminated against in the workplace in any way because of your disability it is likely that you will be able to make a claim for compensation. JMW has an expert team of disability rights specialists with varied experience in fighting cases of victimisation.

To make a claim against an employer, call our team today on 0345 872 6666 or fill out our enquiry form and one of our team will be in touch.

Discrimination explained

Disability discrimination comes in many forms – it is discriminatory for your manager to fail to provide you with a different keyboard if the standard one is difficult for you to use because of your disability, but discrimination can also be deliberate and abusive.

We have fought cases involving people who were bullied because of their condition, left out of team outings, and essentially pushed out of a workplace.

You have been discriminated against because of your disability if:

  • You have been treated less favourably than a colleague without a disability
  • You are expected to do something which your colleagues do, but it is difficult due to your disability and no provisions are given to help you
  • Jokes or comments are made about your condition by managers/other colleagues
  • You are expected to work at times which impact your treatment, and your manager is aware of this (for example being asked to work on a day when you have a long-standing regular physiotherapy appointment)

Discrimination can be direct (name calling, other bullying) or indirect (when an employer asks you to do something which they know will be very difficult due to your condition).

Talk to JMW today

JMW’s expert disability discrimination team has a wealth of experience and the legal knowledge needed to bring successful cases against employers who are not acting in accordance with disability discrimination law.

To discuss your case with us contact JMW on 0345 872 6666 or enter your details in our online enquiry form and someone will be in touch soon.


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