Exploring Equal Opportunities

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Exploring Equal Opportunities Disability Discrimination Act 1995 This act is about discrimination towards disabled people. This disability could be physical, sensory or mental. This act also give disabled people rights in the areas of: · Employment · Access to goods, facilities and services · Buying or renting land or property. The act defines a disabled person as someone with ‘a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long-term (last more than 12 months) adverse effect on his ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.’ There are also employment provisions, which apply to employers with 15 or more employees. The provision includes those that require employers to consider making changes to the physical features of premises that they live in, have been in force since December 1996. There is two ways in which an employer can single out disabled employees or candidate apply for a job:- · By treating them less favourably than other employees, because of that person’s disability. · By not making reasonable adjustments. Treating a disabled person less favourably because they are disabled has been unlawful since December 1996. However since 1999, the service providers have, had to think about making sensible adjustments to the way they provide their services so that disabled people can use them. More over the final stage of the duties, which means service providers, will have to bear in mind that they need to make permanent physical adjustments to their premises. IKEA also welcome disabled people to apply for jobs as well a normal people. In IKEA everyone is treated equally even if they are disabled, they are shown the same or even more respect for working as well as dealing with their disability. The IKEA workplace is suitable for disabled people as well as other employees, there IKEA team show that there is no difference between the disabled and the everyday normal employees. Employment Rights Act 1996 An employee has the right not to be subjected to any disadvantage by

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