Editor's message: Disabled people are protected in the workplace against direct and indirect disability discrimination, harassment and victimisation because of their disability. Disability discrimination legislation covers actual and prospective employees, and ex-employees.
An important and unique feature of disability discrimination law is the duty to make reasonable adjustments. One of the situations in which the duty is triggered is where an employer applies a provision, criterion or practice that subjects a disabled person to a substantial disadvantage. Under the duty, employers must take reasonable steps to remove that disadvantage. Employer may do this by, for example, allocating some of the disabled person's duties to another person, changing his or her hours or place of work, or modifying disciplinary or grievance procedures. A failure to comply with the duty to make reasonable adjustments may constitute disability discrimination.
There is no qualifying period of employment for an individual to bring a claim of disability discrimination to an employment tribunal and no ceiling on the amount of compensation that can be awarded if a claim is successful.
Ellie Gelder, employment law editor
David Malamatenios is partner at Colman Coyle solicitors. He rounds up the latest rulings.
The disability discrimination section of the Employment law manual has been updated to include information on cases relating to the duty to make reasonable adjustments.
Updated to include recent decisions on the duty to make reasonable adjustments. See Employment law manual updates: disability discrimination.
A table listing the disability discrimination awards made by employment tribunals in 2015/16.
In G4S Cash Solutions (UK) Ltd v Powell, the Employment Appeal Tribunal had to decide whether or not the duty to make reasonable adjustments extends to maintaining an employee's existing pay when the employee is transferred to a lower-graded post.
Chris Cook is partner and head of employment and Keely Rushmore is senior associate at SA Law. They round up the latest rulings.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that protecting an employee's pay may be a reasonable adjustment to counter a disabled employee's disadvantage.
In Harron v Chief Constable of Dorset Police  IRLR 481 EAT, the EAT allowed the employee's appeal against the ruling that his passionate belief in efficient use of public money did not constitute a "philosophical belief", on the basis that it was unclear if the tribunal had properly applied the necessary criteria. The issue was remitted to the tribunal for fresh consideration.
How much are employment tribunal rulings for discrimination arising from disability costing employers? We report on three recent remedy judgments for breaches of s.15 of the Equality Act 2010.
We round up three recent employment tribunal awards for discrimination arising from disability under the Equality Act 2010. The compensation awarded in these three cases totals over £25,000.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to disability discrimination.