Understanding Your Employment Rights If You Are Disabled
If you are a disabled individual, you have certain rights regarding employment which are protected under the Equality Act 2010. Understanding how this law protects you is important to your long term workplace success.
Is is against the law for an employer to discriminate against you based on your disability. The Equality Act 2010 protects your employment rights under the following categories: applications, interview arrangements, terms of employment, promotion and training opportunities, proficiency testing, dismissal and discipline. If you feel that you are being treated unfairly in one of these areas, you can review the Equality Act 2010 here.
Reasonable Adjustment in the Workplace
One of the most crucial aspects of your rights in the workplace deal with "reasonable adjustment." There are many instances in which a disabled individual is qualified to perform a job with reasonable adjustment. This means that if you need some changes or accommodations made in order to work, your employer is required by law to make these changes. For instance, if you need a desk cubicle with easier access for a wheelchair, your employer is required by law to accommodate you. Any type of adjustment which is impeding your ability to perform your job must be accommodated. Employers often confuse your ability to do your job with your ability to deal with a disability challenge. If you can perform your job once the adjustment has been made then you have a right to the adjustment. Reasonable adjustments can also include making adjustments for you so that you are not at a disadvantage as compared to other employees.
Individuals with disabilities are an asset to the workforce. You have a protected right to work, and a right to a job environment that is accommodating to your disability. Understanding your rights will benefit your long term success.