The basic human rights of minority groups get trampled over all the time. Women’s rights, ethnic minority rights, but maybe most of all the rights of the disabled people within society are overlooked and pushed to the side. We have to fight constantly for the rights of the disabled and we have to do it in the law courts with the help and support of specialised disability lawyers.
Fundamentally disability rights come down to the same thing; the right not to be discriminated against when it comes to getting a job, getting on in a job, getting on in education and, and in dealing with the police either as victim or suspect. The ‘Equality act’ passed into law in the UK in 2010. With regard to the jobs field this act specifically prohibits discrimination on job application forms and in the logistics of job interviews. Disabled people must be given free and equal opportunity when it comes to any application testing too. They cannot be refused a job position on the grounds of their disability.
Pay and conditions at work must also be the same as for able bodied employees. This means, promotion opportunities, geographical or positional movements must be equally available for the disabled as they are for able bodied folks. When it comes time to leave a job either through dismissal or redundancy disability rights say, all employees must be treated equally. Short of dismissal the disciplinary and grievance process must follow the exact same course regardless of a person’s abilities.
Would all disabled people know whether they were being discriminated against? Given that the field of employment is so complex. You only have a flavour of the complexity here. The short answer is ‘no’. That is why we say again; ‘We have to fight constantly for the rights of the disabled and we have to do it in the law courts with the help and support of specialised disability lawyers’. If you even suspect you have a case then, consult with a disability lawyer.
Disability rights can be equally baffling in the education field, but again it is contrary to the law for schools and indeed any educational establishment to treat the disabled in any way less favourably than they treat all other student. It is relatively easy to spot discrimination if say a deaf person is refused a place because there is no room for their ‘signer’. But what if a wheelchair user is refused a recess because too much time is lost in going outside for air? Or application forms are not available in braille? These are two forms of indirect discrimination. Only a trained and experienced disability lawyer could make this case on behalf of all disabled people.
Disability discrimination can be both overt and covert. Easy to spot and so subtle sometimes that even the person being discriminated against doesn’t realize it is happening until it is way too late. Able and disabled people need to be aware of the bias within us all and the systems we set up to conduct our daily lives. We all have apart to play in the fight to rid the country of discrimination.