Disability discrimination is still a widespread problem, and there’s much that can be done to address this. Here, we outline how to help protect your business from accusations of disability discrimination.

Under the Equality Act 2010, it is illegal for employers to discriminate against someone on the basis of their race, religion, sex, disability, sexual orientation, age, pregnancy/maternity, marriage/civil partnership and gender reassignment.

Since the Act’s introduction, these nine categories – known as ‘protected characteristics’ – have afforded greater legal protection for many people across the UK.

As we quickly approach the tenth anniversary of the Equality Act, there are still a significant number of organisations that are flouting their obligations. In recent analysis of the discrimination enquiries we have received in the last year, one group in particular seemed to dominate the figures.

 

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