Discrimination campaign launched
Martin Searle Solicitors have launched a Disability Discrimination Campaign to celebrate Disability Awareness Day on 12 July 2015.
Martin Searle Solicitors’ campaign to end Disability Discrimination includes offering a free telephone advice service for Employers and Employees who are struggling to get to grips with disability issues. The aim of the campaign is to promote employees’ right to fair treatment in the workplace as well as reminding employers of their duties under the Equality Act.
There is widespread misunderstanding about what actually constitutes a disability, particular where there is a mental rather than a physical disability.
Considering that disabled employees can prove more loyal than anyone else, there are real benefits for employers who are able to see the benefits of true diversity. Indeed, the new Disability Minister, Justin Tomlinson, has been keen to point out that it makes sound commercial sense to employ people with disabilities, and get on with making the necessary reasonable adjustments.
Throughout July, Martin Searle’s leading employment law solicitors will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 4pm to 6pm to answer questions from both employees and employers – free of charge. All telephone advice will be backed up with a written summary of their advice.
Fiona Martin, Director and Head of Employment Law at Martin Searle Solicitors explains: “Discrimination continues to be a major issue in the workplace, with mental health in particular causing headaches for employers. One of the major problems we see is a lack of knowledge of what actually constitutes a disability and this results in a failure to make reasonable adjustments, which is discriminatory. With as many as one in three of us suffering from a form of disability, employers need better knowledge to manage a workforce that is, let’s face it, far from perfect.”
Just 7% of the UK’s 1.4 million adults with learning difficulties are in work, according to official figures from the Department of Health, yet 65% of adults with a learning disability or autism want a job.
Fiona adds: “I continue to be surprised at the lack of knowledge when it comes to supporting people with a disability in the workplace. We want to help employers embrace a diverse workforce, understand their duties under the Equality Act so they can be best practice employers.
Martin Searle Solicitors have produced a series of factsheets, case studies and FAQs for Employers and Employees covering disability discrimination rights at work.
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