I have met many who clients who have experienced discrimination in the workplace because of their disability. One question I am frequently asked is ‘what reasonable adjustments should my employer implement to help me at work?‘ Read on to learn more…
Firstly, What Is A Reasonable Adjustment?
The Equality Act 2010, imposes a duty on an employer to consider/make reasonable adjustments in the workplace, for their disabled staff. This means an employer has a duty to make reasonable adjustments to help remove obstacles which prevent an individual from being able to do the same job as someone who does not have their disability.
It is important to remember that the duty to consider/make reasonable adjustments does not only relate to individuals who suffer from a physical disability, if you suffer from a mental disability, the employer also has a duty to consider reasonable adjustments which will assist you at work.
How I Helped My Client
I have recently assisted an individual who suffers from severe depression. As part of their job, they were required to carry out shift work meaning their sleeping pattern would regularly change and they found that this impacted negatively on their mental health. They had raised their concerns with their Line Manager; explaining that the shifts were making their mental health deteriorate. The response received was that they knew they had to do shifts when they first started working for them – nothing was going to change now.
My client continued to experience a deterioration in their mental health and telephoned Lincs Law Employment Solicitors for a free, initial enquiry. I spoke with my client and explained that I felt their employer was failing to consider reasonable adjustments in the workplace for them. They made an appointment with me to discuss their options in greater detail.
On meeting with my client, I advised them to submit a Formal Grievance highlighting their employer’s failure to consider implementing reasonable adjustments. I assisted with this Formal Grievance and shortly afterward the employer agreed to implement a different working pattern. It was accepted that working only days would help with my client’s medical condition and the change was put into action immediately. My client was delighted.
I Can Help You
If you are are having difficulties at work because of your disability, do not hesitate to contact us on 01522 440512 for a free consultation. Alternatively, visit our website page to learn more about discrimination in the workplace at; Disability Discrimination – LincsLaw Employment Law Solicitors – In Lincoln.
Associate Employment Solicitor
Lincs Law Employment Solicitors