Discrimination on any grounds other than an employees ability to do the job is illegal. If an employee or potential employee brings a discrimination case against you, you could be tied up in costly and time-consuming legalities for months. If they win, you could be liable for unlimited damages.
The law states that ignorance is no defense. It is your duty to make sure that you comply with the Equality Act. Although this is a law, unlike laws such as speeding or other types of crimes, this is not policed. The first time you will know about it is when someone brings a case against you. If that happens, it’s too late.
Fortunately, to comply with the Equality Act does not have to cost you a fortune. At EA Audits, we specialise in school Access Audits which are all undertaken by ex-Headteacher Lesley Mifsud.
The best way to find out if you are doing enough to eliminate discrimination against a disabled person, place yourself in their position and then ask yourself the same question.