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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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These ten sections of the chapter on employment cover discrimination - the Equality Act 2010 replaced all previous discrimination legislation. Discrimination on the basis of: age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion and belief; sex; and sexual orientation is outlawed. In addition discrimination against people with criminal records, part-time workers, fixed-term workers and agency workers is also covered.

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Online articles

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EY reaches out: The firm steps up recruitment of disabled and autistic employees

The article discusses accounting firm Ernst and Young's pursuing recruitment and hiring of disabled and autistic employees. It offers information on the Neurodiversity program of the company which focuses on autistic employees. Topics discussed include other firms which hire disabled people, the company's working with the Ready to Work Business Collaborative and its history with disabled executives.

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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.

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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.

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 Office for Disability Issues

Other guidance

Disability discrimination (Acas)
Practical resources on disability discrimination and the Equality Act 2010.

Key points for the workplace (Acas)
Guidance for employers, employees and job applicants on how disability discrimination can occur in the workplace.

Obligations for employers (Acas)
Short summary listing ten key obligations employers have towards disabled employees.

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.

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