What can an employer do if it is concerned about the costs of making reasonable adjustments that would enable it to recruit a disabled person?
The Government runs a scheme called Access to Work, which can often provide grants towards the cost of equipment. Employers should also remember that most disabled people require very little by way of adjustments, so cost is often not an issue. The cost of putting an adjustment in place may well be significantly lower than the costs and resources required for an employment tribunal if the applicant makes a complaint of discrimination. Further, employers need only take proportionate action to remove barriers for disabled people and if it is unreasonable to make an adjustment, the employer does not need to make it.