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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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The long awaited and much talked about Equality Act becomes law on 1st October 2010. However, you will be relieved to know that employers obligations will remain largely the same.

The Act will replace all of the existing equality legislation and applies to the protected characteristics of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (ECHR) has more detailed guidance for employers, as well as guidance on the definitions of protected characteristics and there is of course, practical guidance for ELE members in the Managers Toolkits. If you would like to know how ELE can help you manage your staff everyday email liz@eleonline.com

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