The law on disability equality at work

Last updated: 13 Nov 2023

The Equality Act 2010 outlaws discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of disability and requires employers to provide reasonable adjustments to allow for the full participation of disabled people.

The Act includes a public-sector duty to promote disability equality and eliminate discrimination on the basis of disability. (Although it applies only in the public sector, we urge representatives to ensure the good practice associated with it is introduced in all workplaces.)

The Act defines a person with a disability as someone who has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out day-to-day activities.

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