The legal definition of disability is “A person (P) has a disability if P has a physical or mental impairment, and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities”. (Section 6(1), Equality Act 2010.).
If any of your employees satisfy this definition of a disability, you are under a positive duty to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate the disability. If you fail to do this you can face a claim under the Equality Act.
There are 6 types of disability discrimination prohibited by law, these are – direct discrimination, discrimination arising from disability, indirect discrimination, failure to make reasonable adjustments, harassment and victimisation.
This is a complex area of law and if you feel you need guidance on this area we would be happy to help. We have a great deal of experience in both defending and pursuing disability discrimination cases. Please call us on 01483 303 636