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Disability discrimination: EAT construes Disability Discrimination Act so as to prohibit associative discrimination

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In EBR Attridge Law LLP and another v Coleman (No.2) [2010] IRLR 10 EAT, the EAT held that the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 should be construed so as to prohibit associative discrimination - that is, discrimination against a person who is not disabled on the grounds of his or her association with a disabled person.

Key points

  • The ECJ ruling that associative discrimination contravenes the prohibition of direct discrimination by the Equal Treatment Framework Directive made it clear that protection against direct discrimination and harassment on the grounds of disability is not limited to individuals who are themselves disabled.