‘Has the equality act 2010, helped to raise awareness of disability in the workplace across the UK?’
For many years disabled people in the UK experienced discrimination whilst searching for jobs, however since the 2010 equality act has come into use there is a greater awareness of disability within the workplace throughout the UK. Under the Disability Discrimination Act, it is unlawful for employers to discriminate against people with disabilities for a reason related to their disability, in all aspects of employment, unless this can be justified.
A common sense explanation of why disabled people experience prejudice and discrimination in the workplace is that people are not comfortable working with somebody who may not be able to complete all aspects of the job. Also, people expect that disabled people will experience trouble going to and home from work as there are physical barriers, so this could also interrupt their ability to complete tasks.
A sociologist would view it differently, looking at the reasons behind disabled people finding it more difficult to find work such as discrimination in the workplace and social barriers they may encounter. A sociological explanation of why disabled people experience prejudice and discrimination in the workplace is that people do not feel comfortable working with or having someone with a disability as their boss. In a government survey only 55% of people in the 35-44 age group said they would be comfortable if a physically disabled person was appointed as their boss at work, the number of people who are comfortable working with people with a learning disability is less than half (20%) and for people with a mental health disability it falls as low as 12%, showing that disabled people experience a lot of discrimination in the workplace due to others comfort with the situation.
Almost 1 in 5 people (19%) in the UK have a disability. This figure has not changed greatly over time. Disabled people are far less likely to be...