The Equality Act 2010 (EA) is a law designed to end discrimination. The EA replaces the earlier Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA).
As an employer, you have a duty of care regarding the way in which you provide services to disabled people. Anyone who employs somebody with a disability has a legal duty under the EA
In essence, it is unlawful to place somebody with a disability at a substantial disadvantage compared with other employees. You must not discriminate either through the way your offices are designed or in terms of the processes that operate within.
If reasonable adjustments have not been made to ensure the working environment is suitable for any employees with disabilities, you could face prosecution.
The best way to make sure you comply with your duties under the EA is to arrange for an access audit. Doing this and then acting on the recommendations may well reduce the likelihood of legal claims against you.
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