Have you heard about the disability discrimination and the rights of people with disabilities which may include health, education, employment etc? Well, it is really a serious issue. But big thanks to Equality Act!
What is Equality Act 2010?
Equality Act 2010 is specially designed to protect you from discriminative behavior and to establish equality in the society. This act comes up with a blend of several anti-discrimination laws to make it easier for you to understand your rights. In October, 2010 the Equality Act 2010 replaced the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) and all the provisions in the Disability Discrimination Act and other discrimination laws came under this act.
Interested to know all employment rights under Equality Act 2010? Let’s discuss all employment rights under Equality Act 2010.
Under this act, an employer must not treat a disabled person harshly. He should not show discrimination against a disabled person directly or indirectly. An employer must not victimize a disabled person. Keep in mind that these rights are not just applied to employment. Equality Act 2010 covers all types of work including contract work, business management, partnership etc.
Now let’s apply Equality Act to schools! Under this act, public sector bodies i.e. schools are required to promote equality for disabled people including blind and visually impaired individuals. Schools must adopt an organizational approach to formulate the best practices which promote disability in a positive manner.
The Equality Act 2010 introduced a single Public Sector Equality Duty that applies to schools and academies and is same for people with any race, disability, sex, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity and gender reassignment. This duty was first implemented in the year 2011. Under this duty, public bodies should eliminate discrimination with disabled people, ensure equality between people with a protected characteristic and without a protected characteristic and promote good relations with all.
Under this combined duty, schools are required to follow a proactive approach ensuring disability equality. The duty doesn’t just apply to disabled students but also applies to any non-educational services offered by schools. This combined duty is also applied to parents, staff members, visitors to the school, community members and to potential students of the future. Schools can review all their policies, procedures and planned access improvements for higher recruitment of disabled staff members, students, parents and local community members.
Well, we have discussed rights of disabled people in employment and education. Now, let’s discuss the rights of disabled people in health.
- Learning difficulties
- Bipolar affective disorder
- Blindness and visual impairment
- and many other conditions
Equality Act 2010 protects you from discrimination at your work, in education, health care, private clubs or anywhere. If you are an individual with a disability, it is important for you to know your rights and get the benefits of Equality Act 2010 to eliminate discrimination and weird behavior done by public at any place.