Disability discrimination occurs when employees are treated less favourably than their colleagues because they have a disability or when they are treated unfavourably because of events connected with their disability. If, for example, you have been dismissed, demoted, or otherwise treated badly because you have been off sick due to a medical condition then this may be disability discrimination.
In the context of discrimination law, ‘disability’ has a precise legal definition which is: A physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on a persons’ ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. Common conditions that could be a disability include depression, anxiety, back pain, or even a broken leg.
If you are a disabled person then your employer must make adjustments to their policies, procedures, or premises so that you don’t suffer a disadvantage when compared with your colleagues. Your employer also needs to provide you with any auxiliary aids necessary to ensure you can don’t suffer any disadvantage. Reasonable adjustments can include installing a ramp in the premises, providing you with an ergonomic chair, or making changes to the company disciplinary policy. If you think your employer is failing to make reasonable adjustments then you should call our team of expert Employment Lawyers who can discuss what options are available to you.
If you think you have been treated unfavourably at work because of your disability, then contact our team of expert Employment Lawyers who can advise you about what options you have. Call us on 0141 429 8166 or complete our online contact form.
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Livingstone Brown is a leading firm of Scottish solicitors. Based in Glasgow, but dealing with cases around the country, the firm has been at the forefront of legal service provision for over thirty years.
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Led by former senior partner Gerard Brown CBE, who continues as a consultant, the firm has built up an enviable reputation for quality of service and client care.
The firm has won various awards over the years. In the 2019 edition of the prestigious Legal 500 rankings Livingstone Brown was ranked as a 'top-tier' firm for general criminal work, and is also recommended for fraud cases. Stuart Munro and Gerard Brown were named as 'Recommended Lawyers'. In the Chambers directory the firm has a Band 1 ranking for criminal work, and Stuart Munro is a ranked financial crime lawyer. The firm was named Criminal Defence Firm of the Year and Family Law Team of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards 2019.