Obesity in the UK has arguably reached ‘epidemic proportions’, according to the Institute of Employment Studies (IES). The report outlines a clear correlation between stigma and obesity discrimination in the employment sector. It’s a common belief that some employers regard obesity as a something that’s controllable. Meaning, through their own behaviour, people are inflicting a state … Continue reading Obesity Discrimination in the Recruitment Process
Another really useful guest blog from legal expert, Emma Bashaw. Job adverts are used to advertise vacant jobs within a company. At their most basic they include details about the role, the required qualifications, and how to apply. Given that many of the best candidates are also disabled, employers must take care that their job … Continue reading How can employers avoid disability discrimination in job adverts?
It’s a sad fact that thousands of disabled people are discriminated against in the workplace every year. In the working world, discrimination can come in a range of shapes and sizes – whether because of bullying or harassment at work or due to employer procedures that don’t offer the same opportunities to everyone. If you … Continue reading What to do if you Face Discrimination at Work
It's really important for us at Evenbreak to keep up to date with all the current news and events regarding disabililty, and this can be very time-consuming, particularly as the media tends to have its own agenda where disability is concerned. Thankfully, there is a service which helps to keep us informed and saves time (I … Continue reading An Essential Service for People Interested in Disability
On 28 February 2013, the Mental Health (Discrimination) Act 2013 became law. The Act removes the last significant forms of discrimination in law from our society.This is a fantastic moment for people with mental health problems and a big step towards breaking down the prejudice surrounding mental health. The new Act removes three legal barriers … Continue reading Welcome new discrimination legislation
A lot of, mainly positive, things changed in the most recent discrimination legislation, the Equality Act 2010. One of the changes was that it is now illegal to ask candidates about health or disability related questions until the job offer stage, other than for monitoring purposes or to identify relevant reasonable ajustments which might be … Continue reading Guides in Pre-Employment Health Questions.
People can be discriminated against not because of their own disability, but through association with someone else who is disabled. An example of this is given below. Atlas Ward Structures Ltd is an engineering firm that employs around 1,000 workers. Mr Bainbridge was employed by the company as a temporary welder along with 12 other … Continue reading Disability discrimination “by association”
A much-needed report was written about the impact of being both BME (Black or minority ethnic) and disabled. This report, called "Over-looked Communities, Over-due Change" was jointly published by Scope and the Equalities National Council. Of the roughly 11 million disabled people in the UK, at least one million are from a Black or ethnic … Continue reading What’s the impact of being Black and disabled?