Disability Discrimination Solicitors - Employment Compensation Claim law

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You may have a claim against an employer if you believe that you have been treated unfairly in the workplace on the basis of a disability and you may be entitled to receive compensation. Call us today to arrange a risk free telephone consultation with one of of our disability discrimination solicitors. If the outcome of that conversation results in you instructing a disability discrimination solicitor to act on your behalf, there will be negotiations to settle the claim failing which there will be an application on your behalf to the Employment Tribunal for compensation and/or reinstatement.

Disability Discrimination Act 1995

Under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, an employer may not differentiate in the treatment of a disabled employee based on that individual’s disability. This means that disabled individuals are to be provided the same opportunities as non-disabled individuals in all areas, including work, services and facilities, the ability to rent or buy property and the providing of goods. Disability, as covered under the legislation, is defined as “a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long-term negative effect on the ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.” The Act also includes those suffering from full or partial loss of hearing or sight, serious disfigurement, multiple sclerosis and HIV/AIDS.

To be considered under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 for compensation, a solicitor must show that a qualifying long-term disability must :-

  • have lasted for more than 12 months; or
  • be expected to last for 12 months; or
  • be expected to last until the individual’s death if their life expectancy is less than 12 months

An impairment is judged as having an affect on the individual’s ability to carry out of normal, day-to-day activities if any of the following are compromised :-

  • the ability to use hands, such as for writing or cooking
  • mobility
  • memory
  • the ability to concentrate, learn or understand
  • physical coordination
  • the ability to lift, carry or move ordinary objects
  • continence (the ability to control your bladder or bowels)
  • speech, hearing or eyesight
  • being able to recognise physical danger

Alcohol addiction, cigarette addiction, dependence on non-prescription medications, voyeurism, exhibitionism, kleptomania, pyromania and body piercings and tattoos are not covered by the Act. However, physical damage arising from one or more of these conditions has been considered a disability in some cases.

Types of disability discrimination

It is against the law for an employer to :-

  • discriminate against a disabled person
  • treat anyone less favourably because of a disability
  • harass a disabled person
  • victimise a person who takes or assists in legal action because of discrimination
  • fail to implement “reasonable adjustments” to the workplace which may include :-
    • structural alterations to buildings
    • supplying special equipment
    • a transfer to a different workplace
    • altering hours of work or giving extra time off

Disability law for employers & employees

Disability law is a growing area which crosses over with numerous other areas of law. No business can afford to ignore its legal obligations and a disability discrimination solicitor can assist with clear advice on the law's requirements in many areas and with policies and procedures to avoid problems and doubts or grey areas in a work force's understanding of the basics.

Disability discrimination solicitors regularly assist individuals suffering from a wide variety of disabilities in upholding or pursuing their rights. Please contact us if you have had any difficulties with an employer/service provider and our solicitors will look to assist you in reaching a satisfactory outcome using the no win no fee scheme.

Employment solicitor legal consultation

A disability discrimination solicitor is an expert in employment law. Using the no win no fee payment scheme, you pay absolutely nothing unless you win your case. When you do win, the legal fee is a previously agreed percentage of the settlement; there are never any hidden costs or payments. Contact us today for your confidential, risk-free consultation with an expert lawyer.

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