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Disability discrimination

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Disability under the Equality Act
Disability is a protected characteristic under Section 6 of the Equality Act 2010 (EQA 2010).This page explains the definition of disability under the Act and provides you with the resources to structure your grievance or employment tribunal claim correctly.
You have a disability if you have an impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal daily activities. Section 39 EQA 2010 makes it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against disabled people who are;

actual and prospective employees;

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In disability discrimination claims, employers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments if the disabled person has been put at a substantial disadvantage by a ‘provision, criterion or practice’ (PCP) imposed by the employer compared to someone who is not disabled [section 20 Equality Act 2010]. A PCP also forms part of the definition of indirect discrimination [section 19 Equality Act 2010].

In Ishola v Transport for London [2020], the question for the Court of Appeal was whether a PCP can be a one-off act, or if it had to be continuing acts…Read more

[see How to prepare a Scott Schedule for a direct discrimination claim, How to prepare a Scott Schedule for a victimisation claim, How to prepare a Scott Schedule for a harassment claim, How to prepare a Scott Schedule for a sexual harassment claim, How to ask questions about discrimination at work, How to write a grievance about discrimination]



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