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When disability discrimination can happen
Disability discrimination can happen in different ways. It can happen when:
- someone is treated worse (in legal terms, ‘less favourably’) than anotherperson in the same situation because they are disabled, or for a reason to dowith their disability; or
- an organisation does not take steps to remove or reduce the barriers thatdisabled people face.
Discrimination can happen:
- at work;
- when buying or using goods, facilities and services;
- when dealing with a ‘public authority’ (such as your local council or thepolice);
- at a private club or association;
- when buying or renting somewhere to live; or
- at a school or college.
There are laws to protect you from discrimination on many grounds, includingyour:
- religious beliefs;
- sexual orientation (if you are lesbian or gay); and
- race or nationality.
This leaflet deals with your rights if you are discriminated against becauseyou are disabled.
You may believe you have been discriminated against for more than one reason.If so, you may need to get advice about the best course of action. You can getadvice from:
- a trade union;
- your local advice or law centre;
- a Citizens Advice Bureau; or a solicitor.
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The Disability Discrimination Act says that a disabled person is someone with a physical or mental ‘impairment’ that has ‘a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities’.
The law on discrimination against disabled people applies to most sorts of property, including houses and flats as well as business premises. However, it doesn’t cover certain types of property and arrangement. Read this article to learn more.
If you want to bring a claim under the Disability Discrimination Act, you must send it on form ET1 to an employment tribunal office. You can get this form from an employment tribunal, a Jobcentre or the Equality and Human Rights Commission. The employment tribunal will accept your claim only if you use the correct form and include on it all the information they need.
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