New Acas guide to prevent disablilty discrimination at work

ACAS have published new guidance to help employers and managers identify, tackle and prevent disability discrimination in the workplace.

Disability discrimination: key points for the workplace helps employers get to grips with what disability means, how it can happen and how to prevent and manage complaints.

Over the past year, the Acas helpline has dealt with around 12,000 calls on disability-related discrimination, while four out of 10 disabled people reported that misconceptions around their capacity to work were the biggest barrier to getting hired.

Acas advises employers looking to prevent disability discrimination in recruitment to:

  • give the details about a vacancy in an alternative format
  • accept applications in alternative formats
  • be careful when writing an advertisement for a job vacancy and stay clear of any wording that they are unsure about or think might be open to legal challenge
  • avoid advertising solely in one kind of place or media
  • be aware that a job application form could inadvertently be discriminatory; and
  • only ask candidates to complete tests if they are relevant to the job, and where they are, make sure they can be accessed by people with a disability.

Access the guidance here