28 September 2017

Trailblazer or Trailing Behind? – Scope Commissioned Report Shows that it’s Time for us all to Address Disability Rights at Work

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The findings of an Opinium survey commissioned by Scope show that a person with a disability needs to apply for 60 per cent more jobs than a non-disabled job applicant before they are successful http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/disabled-people-jobs-applications-more-able-bodied-stats-before-employment-a7970701.html

The Government was criticized by the United Nations recently for failing to uphold the rights of disabled people through a succession of austerity policies that have impacted access to areas such as healthcare, education, and work.  The report from the UN committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, together with the Scope-commissioned survey, show the UK – once regarded as a global trail blazer in disability rights – now sadly trailing far behind.

Disability rights apply to all stages of employment, including recruitment, but mistaken assumptions about different disabilities and the capability of a person with a disability to undertake certain work, is leaving over a million disabled people in the UK unable to secure employment. For a developed nation such as ours, that is unacceptable.  Disability discrimination in recruitment devastates lives, often exacerbating the effect of a disability, and deeply impairs self-esteem.  Disability discrimination in recruitment also means that employers lose out on talented and skilled workers, and are left exposed to legal claims.

SCOPE have launched a campaign called “Work With Me”, to support more disabled people to get into and stay in work, https://www.scope.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/employment/work-with-me. They’re rightly calling on employers, the Government and the public generally to tackle this issue.  If you’re reading this blog, please sign up to support their campaign.

If you have experienced discrimination in recruitment and need advice, please contact us for a free initial chat.  We specialise in representing those who have suffered disability discrimination. Our specialism in this area enables us to provide the very best expert advice and service to our clients.

If you are an employer, we are employment and discrimination specialists.  Call us for a free initial chat to arrange a review of your recruitment policy, procedure and practice.

It’s most definitely time for the UK to become a disability rights trailblazer again!

Written by Mark Bainbridge