Disability discrimination and the law


Disability discrimination permeates many different areas of law from employment law to building regulations. The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 is a key piece of legislation relating to disability discrimination and governs employment and the duty for reasonable adjustments to be made to premises both for employees and customers.

The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 had some of its provisions introduced over a number of years, with assistance given to businesses to adjust their buildings to make them accessible for disabled people. It should also be noted that the provisions of the Act were not draconian and cited ‘reasonable adjustments’. ‘Reasonable adjustments’ meant that if the business was small and had no disabled employees then it might not be reasonable to ask the business to make expensive adjustments.

However, if a small ramp at low cost could be purchased then it might be reasonable for the business to make the change. The Code of Practice gives some guidance on reasonable adjustment and cites some considerations for businesses.

In order to claim that a business or organisation owes you a duty under the Act, you must ensure that you come under the definition of ‘disabled’ according to the Act. The Act states that people with a ‘physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on the ability to carry out normal day to day activities’ are classified as disabled.

If you would like to obtain legal advice on disability discrimination law, or any related issue, Contact Law can put you in touch with a local specialist disability discrimination solicitor / lawyer free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding disability discrimination solicitors / lawyers please call us on 0800 1777 162 or complete the web-form above.

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