Disability Discrimination Hub

Disability Discrimination

Disability law is complex. There are six types of disability discrimination. Depending on the type of discrimination, knowledge of the disability may be relevant (or not) and an employer may (or may not) be able to defend a claim if it can justify it’s treatment of a disabled employee.

A snap-shot of cases heard by the employment appeal tribunal will usually show disability cases heavily featured. Every disability case will be come down to the individual circumstances, including the type of disability, its impact on the employee’s work, the size and nature of the employers business and available resources.

The aim of this hub is to provide accessible employment law disability discrimination articles, comment and updates.

Disability Discrimination Articles
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Five things we learnt in employment law this week (1 February 2019)

The Supreme Court has ruled that two aspects of the criminal conviction disclosure scheme are unlawful: the requirement to separate each offence into a separate certificate (which could lead to an exaggerated sense...

Five things we learnt in employment law this week (January 21 2019)

The EAT has ruled that a comment by an Employment Judge to a barrister that there was no need to lie, after mishearing the representative, did not amount to bias. (Balakumar v Imperial...

Five things we learnt in employment law this week (23 November 2018)

A worker whose disability (PTSD) manifested itself in a tendency to steal was not discriminated against. The Tribunal rejected his claim that his PTSD led to forgetfulness and found that he had been...
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Five things we learnt in employment law this week (26 October 2018)

1. The Court of Appeal has upheld an earlier finding that Morrison Supermarkets are vicariously liable for an employee's criminal disclosure of employee data (Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc v Various Claimants). 2. The time limit...
five things we learnt in employment law this week (5 October 2018)

Five things we learnt in employment law this week (5 October 2018)

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has held that an employee stating "I give one month's notice" was not a resignation, but rather notice to transfer to another department within the company.  Her dismissal was...

Five things we learnt in employment law this week (16 March 2018)

The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by a former head teacher who was dismissed for misconduct, on the basis that she did not disclose her close personal relationship with a person convicted...
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Majority of employers fail to embrace neurodiversity

While ten per cent of the UK population is in some way neurodivergent, only one in ten organisations consider neurodiversity in their people management practices. That’s according to new research by the CIPD. It points...
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Disability FAQs

What is the definition of disability?

Does an employer need to know about the disability?

What is the duty to make reasonable adjustments?

When can an employer terminate employment due to long-term disability related sickness absence?

What are the types of disability discrimination?

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Karen Jackson is a senior employment solicitor. She founded law firm Didlaw in 2008 and specialises in disability-related issues in the workplace.

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The content of this Hub is for guidance only and does not constitute legal advice (nor is it intended to constitute legal advice). You should consult an employment solicitor without delay if you require legal advice on a particular employment matter.