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Workplace Disability Discrimination Law

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Under the Disability Discrimination Act ('DDA'), it is unlawful for employers to discriminate against disabled people for a reason related to their disability.  The law applies to all areas of employment, including: recruitment; employment terms and conditions; pay; work-related benefits (e.g., access to recreation or refreshment facilities); work status; training; promotion and transfer opportunities; ; and .

Reasonable adjustments in the workplace

Employers have a duty to make 'reasonable adjustments' to make sure disabled people are not put at a substantial disadvantage by employment arrangements or any physical feature of the workplace.

Examples of reasonable adjustments could include:

  • making adjustments to buildings

  • being flexible about work hours - allowing a person to have different core working hours and to be away from the office for assessment, treatment or rehabilitation

  • providing training or retraining if a person can no longer continue in their current job

  • providing modified equipment

  • making instructions and manuals more accessible

  • providing a reader or interpreter

** Additional information & advice **

You can obtain further information about disability discrimination through and the .

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