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Disability discrimination

Discrimination legislation protects the rights of disabled people in employment, education, and access to goods and services. On this page you can find articles, books and online resources offering guidance in this area of law.

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  • Legal Alerts
  • Briefings
  • Online articles
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Legal Alert

Legal Alert is a monthly checklist from Atom Content Marketing highlighting new and pending laws, regulations, codes of practice and rulings that could have an impact on your business.

Case law: Employer's assumption that employee may be disabled in the future can be unlawful 'perceived disability discrimination'


Employers dealing with an employee with a potentially progressive impairment, which does not have a substantial adverse effect on their ability to carry out day-to-day activities, should avoid discriminating against them by assuming the impairment is likely to develop in future so it does affect their ability - as this may amount to disability discrimination by perception.

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Briefings are four-page guides from Atom Content Marketing written for the busy practitioner, director and entrepreneur providing concise, practical advice on core business issues.



Discrimination against employees on any grounds other than their ability to do the job is a bad idea - and could also be illegal. If an employee or potential employee brings a discrimination case against your business, you could be tied up in costly and time-consuming

Disclaimer: These publications from Atom Content Marketing are for general guidance only, for businesses in the United Kingdom governed by the laws of England. Atom Content Marketing, expert contributors and ICAEW (as distributor) disclaim all liability for any errors or omissions.

Online articles

The library provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. Access to articles is provided to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

It'll cost you...

The article offers advice on legislation related to human resources (HR) compliance in Great Britain. Topics include dealing with discrimination law, the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment Regulations (TUPE) related to service provision, and flexible working regulations. Also noted are employment law related to religion, shared parental leave (SPL) regulations, and the need for written records of employee discipline and grievance procedures..

I thought about jumping in front of a bus so I didn't have to go to work

How can englightened HR departments treat the causes, not the potentially devastating symptoms, of workplace stress? People Management magazine looks at strategies that can help.

It's a thin line between obese and disabled

Employers should be aware that if severe obesity prevents an employee carrying out their job, it can be considered a disability.

Employers 'biased against the disabled'

Experts warn of rise in unconscious discrimination - and urge employers to act.

Employers must be mindful of their legal duties on disability

Disability is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act, and under Schedule 1 cancer is to be treated as a disability.

Out with the old...

Employers should make sure that they are aware of the revised laws concerning disability claims in the workplace.

Small Business Update

Small Business Update is a monthly magazine for SMEs with articles covering the latest regulatory developments, practical advice and hot topics.

A guide to UK disability law


Employers need to know what amounts to a disability and what they have to do if they have a disabled employee or job applicant. Our quick guide will make sure you have covered all the bases.

Manage flexible working


If you employ workers with children or with care responsibilities, you might receive requests for flexible working or be required to give those workers additional unpaid leave to enable them to fulfil their parental or caring responsibilities.



A claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal, or unlawful discrimination, is worrying and time-consuming, and can be costly to your business. There is the morale of your staff to think about, and your reputation – with customers and suppliers – may be at stake.

Appeal to disabled customers


Making your offer more accessible to customers with disabilities will not only keep your firm on the right side of the law, it also makes good business sense.

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Useful links


This is not an exhaustive list of legislation relating to equality. The ICAEW Library holds numerous print publications on discrimination law and also subscribes to electronic databases with the complete text of UK legislation. For information on accessing these resources, please contact the Library.


Employing disabled people and people with health conditions
Designed to help employers become more confident when attracting, recruiting and retaining disabled people.

Equality Act 2010: Guidance
Information on the equality legislation from the Government Equalities Office.

Recruitment and disabled people
Job specifications, applications and reasonable adjustments.

Disability rights
Guidance on employment, education, the Equality Act 2010 and other issues for disabled people.

Other guidance

Guidance on matters to be taken into account in determining questions relating to the definition of disability
Definitions of disability under the terms of the Equality Act 2010. Published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Disability (Acas)
Guidance and a range of practical resources on the Equality Act 2010 from Acas, the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service.

Disability (CIPD)
Good practice and guidance on disability discrimination including factsheets, survey reports, research, books and courses from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (EHRC)
Information on the content, coverage and effect of the Convention from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Overview of International Legal Frameworks For Disability Legislation (UN)
Summary of international human rights instruments, including UN treaties and how they relate to domestic law.

Articles and books in the Library collection

To find out how you can borrow books from the Library please see our guide to book loans.

You can obtain copies of articles or extracts of books and reports by post, fax or email through our document supply service.

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