Disability discrimination is the unfair treatment of a disabled individual during the hiring process or employment; for example, withdrawing a job offer after a disability is disclosed, denying a disabled employee opportunities based on assumptions about what they can or can’t do, and ableist bullying or harassment by colleagues.
Indirect discrimination may also occur when company policies or practices unfairly disadvantage disabled employees, such as when buildings aren’t physically accessible or training materials aren’t available in different formats. It’s also against the law to discriminate against someone because of their association with a disabled person (such as a child, parent or partner).
As an employer, you have a duty to provide reasonable adjustments for disabled candidates and employees. But this also extends to providing an equitable and supportive workplace culture where all employees can fulfil their potential.