You do not have to put up with discrimination, bullying or harassment at work. We help employees in Chesterfield, Derbyshire and beyond. Wherever you are, we can help you.
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You will have a disability under the Equality Act 2010 if you have a "physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and adverse long-term effect on your day-to-day activities" such as dyslexia, visual impairment or mobility problems. Depression can sometimes amount to a diability.
The Act covers all areas of areas of employment including recruitment, selection and promotion, the provision of training, the provision of benefits, retirement and occupational pension - whether you are an employee, job applicant, contract worker, on secondment or self employed.
Employers of all sizes must make reasonable adjustments to recruitment, working arrangements and the working environment to accommodate your disability and to protect you from harassment and bullying or from otherwise being put at a disadvantage - such as limiting your access to sick pay.
It does not matter if the discrimination was deliberately aimed at you or how long you have worked there, whether you are still employed or have left. But to be able to enforce your right to make a claim in a Tribunal you need to act quickly - in most cases you will have just three months from the date the discrimination took place to start the ACAS Early Conciliation process.
When obtaining disability discrimination advice, there are a number of different funding methods available for our work. Our legal advisors are on hand to help with any queries regarding the various funding arrangements that are available.
Getting legal advice quickly from an expert is essential. We can help you get the adjustments put in place so you can carry on working or, if you wish to leave we can help negotiate an exit before you resign - avoiding the risk of putting your financial security in danger. You can find out more about resigning here and what to do if you have been unfairly dismissed.
You can bring a claim for discrimination whilst still working for your employer.
Unlike unfair dismissals, there is no ceiling on the amount of compensation a Tribunal can award if someone has been discriminated against. The award will normally include compensation for the injury to your feelings and to take account of any losses you have suffered - such as wages or your pension. The average award in 2014-15 was £17,319.
Employment law has strict time limits. Good cases can be lost before they even start through hesitation or delay. In most cases you will have to notify ACAS of a potential claim within three months of your employment ending or the last discriminatory event. It is important you get in contact with us as soon as possible so we can help before it is too late.
If you have been discriminated against, our experts will establish whether you have grounds for further action. Contact us today so we can help you to stop the treatment, settle your case or take steps to issue a claim before it is too late.
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