Disability and Employment

1 The Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 (the Act) made it unlawful for employers to discriminate against current or prospective employees, for a reason relating to their disability, in all aspects of employment, including recruitment, selection, promotion, training, working conditions and dismissal.

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2 How Disability is Defined

The Act gives protection from discrimination to a ‘disabled’ person within the meaning of the Act.  A disabled person is someone who has a physical or mental impairment which has an effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.  That effect must be:

  • substantial (that is, more than minor or trivial), and;
  • adverse, and;
  • long term (that is, it has lasted or is likely to last for at least a year or for the rest of the life of the person affected).

Physical or mental impairment includes sensory impairment and disfigurement.  Hidden impairments are also covered (for example, mental illness or mental health problems, learning disabilities, dyslexia, diabetes and epilepsy).

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3 Our response to the Equality Act

The University prepared an Equality Policy and a Single Equality Scheme.

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Last updated February 2013.