Claims for Disability Discrimination

The expertise of our employment law solicitors is wide ranging, covering various discrimination at work claims including disability discrimination.

For more information about claiming compensation after being discriminated against, or simply to arrange for an initial consultation with an employment solicitor call 0800 781 3894 or e-mail your enquiry here.

What is Disability Discrimination?

Disability discrimination is when you are treated unfairly at work because of a mental or physical disability that they have. If you have been treated less favourably due to your disability, or your employers have failed to make reasonable adjustments you may be able to take action against them. There are laws in place to protect individuals from discrimination on these grounds. From 1 October 2010, the Equality Act replaced most of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). However, the Disability Equality Duty in the DDA continues to apply.

If you feel you have been discriminated against at work on the grounds of disability by your employer or co-worker, you have a right to make a claim to an Employment Tribunal. An individual may be eligible for compensation if the tribunal finds that there is validity in the claim.

Types

The following types of discrimination are considered unlawful:

  • Direct - when an individual is treated less favourably than someone else because of their disability in comparable circumstances
  • Indirect - when a policy or practice is put in place that has a negative effect on the disabled person more than others in similar situations
  • Harassment - when the disabled person is harassed specifically because of their disability, which has a negative effect on their dignity and can create an environment that is hostile, degrading and humiliating.
  • Victimisation - When an individual is specifically picked on because they have pursued their rights under a specific legislation � for example if they have made a complaint
  • Not complying with the Equality Act - failing to make reasonable adjustments in the workplace to meet the needs of a disabled individual

Contact Us

For more information regarding discrimination at work or if you want to know your rights, our employment law team at Percy Hughes & Roberts Solicitors can advise you on all aspects of a disability discrimination claim. We are based in Birkenhead near Liverpool and we service the whole of the North West, particularly Merseyside and Wirral areas.

To contact either Mark Bland, Lindsey Knowles, or other members of the employment team, simply call 0800 781 3894 or complete the enquiry form on the 'contact us' page.