This is a rapidly evolving and developing where there have been major changes in recent years.
The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 protects individuals from discrimination on the grounds of their disability. There are certain statutory rights that a disabled person is entitled to and due to the Act. Should discrimination take place they have the right to bring a case against that person or business.
Part 3 of the Act prohibits all goods and service providers from treating a disabled person less favourably for a reason related to their disability. For example, adjustments need to be made for providers to supply Braille format to those clients who would otherwise find it unreasonably difficult to use their service. Offices and shops must provide wheelchair accessibility. Other parts of the Act cover housing, insurance and education.
The Disability Rights Commission is an independent publicly funded body whose function is to stop discrimination and promote equality of opportunity for disabled people. The Commission is there to provide advice and information to disabled people and also to support disabled people in getting their rights under the laws. In some cases the Commission will support legal action to clarify the law.
If you have experienced disability discrimination and would like to discuss your rights over a particular matter, we are able to give you confidential help and advice. You may wish to pursue a complaint in the tribunal, courts or through the Disability Rights Commission and would like legal assistance in handling your claim as efficiently and as stress free as possible. Our teams will talk you through the process and give the support necessary in bringing a successful claim.
For more infomation please contact one of the following:
|Patrick Langrishe||Partner||Budleigh Salterton|
|Jeremy Lee||Senior Partner||Crediton|
|Don Middlemost||Partner||Budleigh Salterton|