Disability discrimination and the employer’s duty to make reasonable adjustments

Posted on December 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

|By PETER GROSE, Partner, Lester Aldridge Solicitors, Bournemouth, Tel: 01202 786161 Email: peter-grose@la-law.com| Since the introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA), an employer has been under an obligation to make reasonable adjustments to a disabled employee1s employment to prevent them from being at a disadvantage when compared to a non-disabled colleague. This obligation is found in Section 6(1) of the DDA which states that: “Where – (a) Any arrangements made by or on behalf of an employer, or (b) Any physical feature of the premises occupied by the employer, – place a disabled person at a substantial disadvantage in comparison with persons who are not disabled, it is the duty of the employer to take such steps as it is reasonable in all the circumstances of the case, for him to have to take in order to prevent the arrangements or feature having that affect”. An employee can claim unlawful discrimination if he believes that his employer has failed to make such reasonable adjustments.

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