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When disability discrimination is allowed
In a few cases, an organisation would not be breaking the law by treating disabled people less favourably. This is if:
- your safety or that of other people would otherwise be put at risk;
- it would not otherwise be possible to provide the service, either to you or to anyone else. For example, it may be lawful for a tour guide to refuse to allow a person with severely impaired mobility on a tour of old city walls because they believe that the extra help they would have to give would prevent the party from completing the tour. However, it would not be lawful to treat a disabled person less favourably just to avoid inconveniencing other customers. For example, it would probably be unlawful to ask a disabled customer to go to the back of a queue to avoid delaying other customers; or
- you are incapable of entering into a legally enforceable contract or giving informed consent because you are not able to understand the transaction. For example, it may be lawful for a company to refuse to lease you a piece of equipment if you have a mental impairment that means you do not fully understand the contract. But the organisation cannot treat you less favourably if someone can enter the contract on your behalf, for example someone with a power of attorney.
Also, an employer would not be breaking the law if they could show that they had a good reason for treating you less favourably for a reason related to your disability.
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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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