What can I expect my employer to do to take into account my disability?

Your employer should make 'reasonable adjustments' to working arrangements or physical aspects of a workplace to avoid you being placed at a substantial disadvantage when compared to individuals who are not disabled.

In assessing what is 'reasonable', a tribunal will consider factors such as:

  • how practicable it is for the employer to make the adjustment;
  • potential disruption to the employer’s business activities;
  • financial and other costs;
  • availability of financial or other arrangements to support the changes; and
  • how successful the adjustment is likely to be in removing the disadvantage. An adjustment will not be 'reasonable' if it would be unlikely to solve the problem.

Employees must not be asked to contribute to the financial cost of any adjustments.

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.

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