The Disability Discrimination Act 1996 grants those with disabilities the right to equal employment opportunities as well as fair treatment in the workplace. The legislation provides disabled people in Liverpool with statutory protection from unfair treatment because they suffer from a physical or mental difficulty. Under the terms of the statute, a disabled person is defined as someone with a mental or physical impairment that has a permanent or long-term effect on their ability to engage in the normal activities of daily life. This definition covers a wide range of conditions. A disability discrimination solicitor can advise you on whether you qualify for statutory protection.


Among other things, the statute requires employers to make reasonable structural changes to their premises in order to accommodate the physical needs of disabled employees, such as installing ramps or lifts. A statutory guide on the definition of disability and related matters is available from the HMSO.


Numerous aspects of employment and the hiring process are covered by the Disability Discrimination Act 1996. Disabled people in Liverpool are entitled to fair and equal treatment in recruitment, promotions, training, benefits and termination.

Disability Discrimination Act 1996

Under the Disability Discrimination Act 1996, there are two ways that an employer in Liverpool can violate the legislation and be found guilty of committing an offence:


Code of Practice

HMSO publishes a code of practice called "Elimination of discrimination in the field of employment against disabled person or persons who have had a disability." This code of practice provides guidance to employers on making provisions for employing disabled persons. It also serves as a guide for the trade unions to help them avoid committing disability discrimination in their work.


In October of 1994, new regulations were published requiring businesses to make certain changes to the physical structure of their establishments. These regulations were put in place to make sure that the premises of all businesses are accessible to disabled people. HMSO publication "Code of Practice - Rights of Access, Goods, Facilities, Services and Premises" outlines the regulations.

Solicitors Legal Advice

Cases involving disability discrimination in the workplace call for the services of a specialist solicitor. If you believe you have been the victim of disability discrimination by your employer in Liverpool, it is essential that you get advice from a lawyer. Our solicitors will provide you with a free, confidential consultation about your case. Simply phone us on our 24/7 helpline or complete the contact form on this website.

All claims are dealt with using the risk free no win no fee scheme. If we do not win your case, you pay absolutely nothing. Your lawyer does not get paid unless you do. To speak with a disability discrimination solicitor, phone us on the helpline or email our offices or fill out the contact form. There is no charge for the consultation and you are under no obligation to use the services of the solicitor.


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  1. The employer intentionally treats a disabled employee differently than the other employees, and such treatment puts the disabled employee at a disadvantage.
  2. The employer neglects to make reasonable accommodations for the needs of the disabled employee.