This page introduces employment rights under the Equality Act. You have these rights if your stammer is a "disability" as defined, or in some cases if you are perceived to have a disability.
Practically anything to do with employment is covered, including recruitment, promotion, transfers, dismissals, redundancy, training or other benefits.
The Equality Act covers treating someone less favourably related to their disability. There is also an important duty to make reasonable adjustments.
Recruitment and promotion
- There is a right to reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process.
- Turning down a job applicant for a discriminatory reason can also be unlawful. In particular:
- Stereotyping may be unlawful as direct discrimination.
- Turning someone down because of communication abilities related to the stammer is likely to be unlawful unless the employer shows 'objective justification'.
- If there would be difficulties in the job, it is important whether they can be addressed by reasonable adjustments.
- See Employment: Recruitment and promotion.
When in a job
- There is still sometimes workplace bullying or harassment of people who stammer. This is unlawful under the Equality Act.
- The right to reasonable adjustments can be important to help deal with any difficulties related to the stammer.
- See Employment: In the job.
What about losing one's job?
- As well as the Equality Act other types of claim, particularly unfair dismissal, can be important here.
- See Losing one's job.
Some individual points:
For more see the Employment FAQs.
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