Disability discrimination - reasonable adjustments
Under s.39(5) of the Equality Act 2010, employers are under a duty to make reasonable adjustments. A failure to comply with a duty to make reasonable adjustments amounts to discrimination. Section 20 provides that where a disabled person is put at a substantial disadvantage by a provision, criterion or practice, or by a physical feature of the workplace compared with non-disabled people, employers are under a duty to take reasonable steps to prevent this. A duty to take reasonable steps to provide an auxiliary aid arises where, but for the provision of an auxiliary aid, a disabled person is put at a substantial disadvantage compared with non-disabled people. Under the Employment statutory code of practice, the following are examples of steps it might be reasonable for an employer to make.