Monday, March 14, 2005

Fear of Disability Discrimination in the UK

See this report, which begins:

More than a quarter of workers in the UK think their boss would be unlikely to help them to keep their job if they became disabled, a report has said.

The findings come from a MORI poll carried out for the Disability Rights Commission (DRC).

Researchers found that 28% of non-disabled employees thought their company would not make any adjustments to help them to stay at work.

But another survey of employers found most were willing to retain staff.

The fear of dismissal is worst among people who work for small companies - almost 40% thought it would be unlikely that they would keep their job after developing a disability.

When the DRC spoke to small firms, 85% said they would be flexible provided the employee had the right skills and enthusiasm.


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