Disability Rights

If you have a disability, the law gives you certain rights, including protection against discrimination.

Further Information

Official information on your rights at work as a disabled person, including details of the laws prohibiting disability discrimination in the Equality Act 2010 and the accompanying Code of Practice, is provided free by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

The EHRC also has online advice and information on all aspects of employment for disabled people in England, Scotland and Wales.

The Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) is independent of the EHRC and runs a helpline (tel: 0808 800 0082).

Mental health charity Mind, has factsheets and advice on mental health and work for both employers and employees. Mind has two advice services: Mind Infoline (tel: 0300 123 3393; email: info@mind.org.uk) and their Legal Advice Service (tel: 0300 466 6463; email: legal@mind.org.uk).

Disability Rights UK, is a network of disability organisations. It provides information on getting work, education and skills. Email: enquiries@disabilityrightsuk.org.

The TUC's Disability and work: A trade union guide to the law and good practice (PDF, 708KB) aims to assist unions in challenging discrimination and in negotiating good policy and practice. It’s available to download free of charge from the TUC website.

The employment section of the RNIB sight loss charity provides information on rights, support workers, accessibility, assistive technology, financial assistance and more, for people undergoing sight loss. Helpline: 0303 123 9999.

Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) provides resources and training to help deaf and hard of hearing people find and stay in work, including a network of employment advisors. Tel: 0808 808 0123; Textphone: 0808 808 9000; SMS: 0780 0000 360; email: informationline@hearingloss.org.uk.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.