Disability discrimination at work
If you believe that your employer has treated you less favourably than others for a reason related to your disability, or if your employer has not made reasonable adjustments for you in the workplace, you may want to consider taking action.
Action to take if you are discriminated against
As a first step, you might want to have an informal discussion with your employer about your needs and why you feel you are being discriminated against. Remind your employer of your rights and their responsibilities under the Disability Discrimination Act.
If this discussion does not provide a satisfactory outcome, you could make a complaint about your treatment through your employer's internal grievance procedure.
If you are still not satisfied, you might want to contact Acas (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service), or follow the 'Questions Procedure' or make a complaint to the Employment Tribunal.
If you wish to make a complaint to the Employment Tribunal, you must do so within three months of the date of the act of discrimination.
Help and advice from Acas (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service)
Acas aims to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. It provides up-to-date information, independent advice and high quality training. The service works with employers and employees to solve problems and improve performance.
* Acas (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service)
The Questions Procedure
To follow the Questions Procedure you must obtain a Disability Discrimination Act questionnaire.
You need to complete the first part of this questionnaire yourself, setting out the reasons why you feel you have been discriminated against, and ask your employer to comment on your claim. You then need to ask your employer to reply to the questionnaire.
Whether or not you agree with them, your employer's answers in the questionnaire should help you decide if you can settle the dispute or need to make a complaint to an Employment Tribunal.
The DDA questionnaire (DL56) is available from the Equality and Human Rights Commission and some Citizens Advice Bureaux.
The Employment Tribunal Service (ETS) can give information about tribunal publications, explain how the tribunal system works and answer general queries about tribunal matters. For copies of free ETS leaflets or further information call the ETS enquiry line between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday.
Telephone: 08457 959 775
Textphone: 08457 573 722
* Employment Tribunals Service website
* Equality and Human Rights Commission website
* Citizens Advice Bureau website