2Your rights: The Equality Act
When looking for work as a disabled person, it is important to be aware of your legal rights. The Equality Act 2010 builds on the previous Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) and makes it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against disabled people in two ways. Firstly, employers must not discriminate against disabled people. Employers are also required to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ if a disabled person is placed at a substantial disadvantage. For more information on the Act see Skill’s information booklet A guide to the Equality Act.
3Finding disability-friendly employers
You should find that many of the large employers are aware of their duties under the Act. However, sometimes you may wish to look out for signs that an organisation has a particularly positive approach towards recruiting people with disabilities. See below.
The disability symbol is awarded by Jobcentre Plus to companies or organisations that have made certain positive commitments towards employing disabled people. Jobcentre Plus publishes leaflets about the symbol and the commitments that employers need to make in order to display it. You will see the symbol (two ticks and the wording ‘positive about disabled people’) displayed on job adverts and application forms.
Employers’ Forum on Disability
The Employers’ Forum on Disability (EFD) is an organisation with over 300 corporate members. It aims to improve the job prospects of disabled people by making it easier for employers to recruit, retain and develop disabled employees. Companies