Recent developments in disability discrimination cases
In recent months there have been some major developments concerning the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA).
The European Court of Justice’s decision in the Coleman case means that people now have rights not to be subjected to direct discrimination or harassment on grounds of their association with a disabled person e.g if they have to care for a disabled child under the employment provisions of the DDA. Read Sharon Coleman’s story in our new publication One Year, Ten Stories.
A worrying judgement by the House of Lords in the Malcolm case has limited the scope of the DDA's protection in relation to premises and may have adverse effects on other parts of the Act. The Commission is seeking to ensure the gap left by this decision will be dealt with by the Single Equality Act. The Government is expected to consult on its proposals during November.
There have also been developments in the DDA as it applies to general qualification bodies, with new regulations coming into force on 24th October 2008.
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Last Updated: 17 Dec 2014