As a disabled person it is important to know your rights relating to employment. The Equality Act 2010 protects you against discrimination both in the workplace and in the job application process.
If you are in the process of applying for a job, it is against the law for employers to discriminate against you because of your disability.
Did you know that throughout the recruitment process, an employer is not normally allowed to ask you questions regarding your health or disability before offering you employment? The only reason they could ask you about this is if:
- they need to make adjustments to assist you, such as making a copy of some information in a larger font
- or they need to decide whether you are able to carry out an activity essential to the job role
Furthermore, if you require communication support for a job interview, the Access to Work grant can cover the costs of a support worker accompanying you. You are able to use this service if you are:
- deaf or hard of hearing and need a sign language interpreter or lip speaker
- or if you have a disability requiring communication support
To check if you are eligible, you can visit the gov.uk website for more details.
If you believe you have been treated unfairly, it is important that you contact the Equality Advisory Support Service. Alongside this, you may also be able to make a complaint to an employment tribunal, but this has to be within three months of the discrimination taking place.