The Basics of Disability Discrimination
What is a disability?
- Employment law imposes a special test. If someone has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities, they will be classified as disabled as are from the point of diagnosis, people with HIV, cancer or multiple sclerosis.
- A mental illness need not be “clinically well recognised” for these purposes.
- Disabled candidates for employment, employees and former employees are all protected against discrimination.
When and how does discrimination occur?