Failure to Make Reasonable Adjustments
S.20 of the Equality Act states: ‘A person discriminates against a disabled person if he fails to comply with a duty to make reasonable adjustments imposed on him in relation to the disabled person’
This ‘duty’ has been included in previous legistlation.
Content of Offence
If the employer:
· Is applying a policy/practice or;
· There is a physical feature on the premises occupied by the employer
That substantially disadvantages a disabled person compared to a physically able person, the employer must take reasonable steps to overcome this disadvantage.
Allen v RBS: Defendant needed to adjust premises to become wheelchair accessible, so claimant could use banking services.
Owen Brooking: police sued for failure to make reasonable adjustments for Brooking, who had dyslexia.