How am I protected against disability discrimination?

The laws against disability discrimination can now be found in the Equality Act 2010.

The law protects workers against disability discrimination (including harassment and victimisation) at all stages of employment.

Protection against disability discrimination is not restricted to current employees or workers. Rather, it extends to job applicants and to ex-employees who are seeking references from their old employer.

Employers also have a duty to take steps to make 'reasonable adjustments' to prevent a disabled person being at a substantial disadvantage.

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