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A person is disabled if “they have a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities”.

The Equality Act introduces a new protection by extending it to cover unfavourable treatment due to a factor connected with a disability for example a tendency to make spelling mistakes arising from dyslexia.

This type of discrimination is unlawful where the employer knows, or could reasonably be expected to know, that the person has a disability and it is likely to be difficult to justify discrimination in such cases.

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