Disability in employment

New law in force

The Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. Some of the information on this page may be out of date.

The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) says that it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against you if you are disabled:

  • in the terms of employment offered;
  • in the opportunities for promotion, transfer, training or receiving any other benefit;
  • by refusing to offer you, or deliberately not offering, any such opportunity; or
  • by dismissing you, or subjecting you to any other negative treatment.

 For information for employers on making adjustments for disabled employees, see information for employers.

 For information on your other rights at work, including relating to discrimination on grounds other than disability, see our general section on working and earning

This section gives information on disability discrimination in the following contexts:


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