Disability discrimination - your rights at work

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The TUC, in partnership with Epilepsy Action have produced a
Guidance for unions on how to deal with discrimination against
With growing recognition of the extent of mental health problems

The law, discrimination and your rights

Disabled workers have legal protection against discrimination through the Equality Act 2010 (which absorbed most of the previous Disability Discrimination Act) but the reality is that too many continue to face discrimination, prejudice and stigma. The employment rate for working age disabled people continues to run at 30 per cent lower than for non-disabled people and once in work, many disabled people find themselves in lower paid jobs and unable to progress a career. Even when recruitment levels are high, many disabled workers find themselves driven out of their jobs through draconian sickness procedures that fail to recognise that these procedures ought to be subject to reasonable adjustments to take account of disability-related absences.  Mental ill health (which may count as a disability in law) is at epidemic levels (2015) and once off work, a very small proportion of people with mental ill health find their way back into employment. The TUC continues to campaign in all these areas.  Find out more 


The General Secretary of the TUC, Frances O’Grady, will today (Thursday) address the opening day of the TUC’s annual Disabled Workers’ Conference at Congress House, London. The conference will be attended by 200 disabled trade union delegates and will debate policies and priorities for the TUC on disability issues.
21 May 2015
The TUC, in partnership with Epilepsy Action, is today (Tuesday) publishing Epilepsy in the workplace – a TUC guide, to aid trade union workplace representatives in supporting members with epilepsy. The guide educates trade union members about epilepsy, and provides guidance on reasonable workplace adjustments and making workplaces epilepsy-friendly.
21 April 2015
The TUC, in partnership with Epilepsy Action have produced a new guide for trade unionists on supporting members with epilepsy. The author is a specialist and a trade unionist so this briefing will be an authoritative aid to union reps, officers and members on dealing with the issues facing members...
21 April 2015
Government reforms and austerity measures are endangering the education of young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), says a new report published today (Monday) by the TUC.
30 March 2015
Disabled workers have legal protection against discrimination through the Equality Act 2010 (which absorbed most of the previous Disability Discrimination Act) but the reality is that too many continue to face discrimination, prejudice and stigma. The employment rate for working age disabled people continues to run at 30 per cent...
09 February 2015
Responding to research that shows over 100 people a day with a mental health condition are having their benefits stopped as a sanction, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “These sanctions show a government that is more interested in punishing vulnerable people than supporting them in their attempts to find...
20 January 2015
Responding to comments made at the Conservative Party Conference by Welfare Reform Minister Lord Freud – which were revealed today (Wednesday) during Prime Minister’s Questions – TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Wherever they work and whoever they work for, disabled people are entitled to equal pay. “Instead of opening...
15 October 2014
The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) plays a vital role in underpinning union work to tackle discrimination and harassment at work as evidenced by the TUC's response to a government review of the duty.
19 April 2013
Guidance for unions on how to deal with discrimination against disabled workers losing their jobs through failure to count disability-related absence separately from sickness absence, with advice on negotiating a disability leave policy.
06 February 2013
The Struggle for Disability Rights This Disability History Month Event will look at the contribution made by Alf Morris and also look at the continuing campaign for disability rights. Speakers will include Derek Kinrade, acclaimed biographer of Alf Morris, and current campaigners.
13 November 2012

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