Disability Discrimination

Further Information

Official information on your rights at work as a disabled person, including details of the disability discrimination provisions of the Equality Act 2010 and the accompanying Code of Practice (produced by the Equality and Human Rights Commission), is available on the Disability rights section of the GOV.UK website

The Equality Advisory and Support Service provides advice and information on issues relating to workplace discrimination in England, Scotland and Wales. Its free helpline number is 0808 800 0082. 

In Northern Ireland, you can get help and information from the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland tel: 028 90 500 600. 

Mental health charity Mind has factsheets and advice on mental health and work for both employers and employees. Tel: 0300 123 3393. 

The Business Disability Forum brings together business people, disabled opinion leaders and government. Tel: 020 7403 3020. 

Disability Rights UK is a network of disability organisations. It campaigns on access to work issues. 

The TUC has published Disability and work: a trade union guide to the law and good practice (PDF, 708KB), a free guide to assist unions in challenging discrimination and in negotiating good policy and practice. 

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

Action on Hearing Loss (formerly the RNID) provides resources and training to help deaf and hard of hearing people find and stay in work, including a network of employment advisors. Helpline: 0808 808 0123. 

Another good source of information and support is the website of Remploy, an organisation that provides employment-related support services to disabled people. Also check out the disability employment support charity Purple. 

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has warned employers, in important guidance for employers on COVID-19, that they face multiple employment tribunal claims if they treat disabled workers unfairly during or as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.   

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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