Physical Disability and Employment: [Essay Example], 858 words GradesFixer

Haven't found the right essay?

Get an expert to write your essay!


Professional writers and researchers


Sources and citation are provided


3 hour delivery

This essay has been submitted by a student. This is not an example of the work written by professional essay writers.

Physical Disability and Employment

Download Print

Pssst… we can write an original essay just for you.

Any subject. Any type of essay.

We’ll even meet a 3-hour deadline.

Get your price

121 writers online

Download PDF

Alex suffers from right hip early osteoarthritis. He believes that this condition amounts to a disability within the connotation of the Equality Act 2010.

Alex is currently employed as a Personal Trainer at “OZO” gymnasium (his “Employer”) and has worked with them for the past 6 years. Alex was diagnosed with hip early osteoarthritis 3 years ago. Alex feels that he has been treated less favorably by his Employer due to his disability divergent to the Equality Act 2010.

Alex has on numerous instances made his Employer aware that he is suffering from a disability for which he requires sound accommodations to his working practices. Alex has requested the following changes:

  1. Reduction in his working hours. He wants to work for 30 hours per week.
  2. Regular breaks from his shifts so that he can take some rest to reduce the hip pain.
  3. Adjustment to the shift pattern for personal trainers.

Although Alex’s Employer knew of his disability for over 3 years now, it has indefatigably botched to make any adjustments to accommodate his disability. His manager’s view is that Alex’s disability does not create a positive image for its Personal Trainers and company.

The subjecting of Alex to disability discrimination has meant that Alex has been prevented from working the reduced hours he requested and this has had a detrimental effect on his current health which has exacerbated the effects of his disability. Three months ago Alex raised a formal grievance as he felt that he had no alternative but to do so in circumstances where all of his previous concerns raised verbally had been ignored. Alex’s Employer did not uphold his grievance and denied all liability for discrimination. Alex’s Employer did, however, agree to reduce his hours to 25 hours per week (with no adjustment or flexibility to allow him to work in excess of that should the need arise), requesting that he works on all the days of the week when the crowd is less and preventing him from working on busiest days and times of the week. He has also been allowed to take a 10 minute break when he feels in pain provided that his boss authorizes such breaks in order to ensure that his boss is aware of his whereabouts.

Alex’s Employer wishes to change Alex’s terms and conditions of employment to reflect his new working hours (25 hours per week) and days of work to include working every weekend. Alex was told that he will face legal proceedings if he does not accept the proposed varied terms.

Alex contemplates that his Employer has botched to give any good reason for not agreeing to make the accommodations he requested and that the recommended accommodation that it is willing to make are unreasonable in the situation he is in. Alex is aware that his employer is hiring and new staffs are being recruited or being asked to cover during peak hours and they have been asked to be personal trainers for their clients instead of allowing Alex to be personal trainer.

Alex went to see an advocate for legal advice to see if he had any impending employment claims against his Employer. He was advised by the advocate that the Equality Act 2010 requires employers to make reasonable adjustments for employees who have a disability. In addition, that employee with a disability should not be treated less favorably because of a disability. In Alex’s case his Employer did not provide any reasons as to why it could not allow Alex to work 30 hours per week. Alex’s Employer had not sought a medical opinion. In all the circumstances, therefore, Alex’s Employer had failed to make reasonable adjustments. Adding up to this, Alex’s employer subjected him to less favorable treatment by insisting he works at the quietest times every weekend (when his colleagues who did not suffer from a disability did not have to work every weekend) and by insisting that he seeks his boss’s approval before taking breaks.

In addition to a claim for disability discrimination, Alex could also claim victimization under the Equality Act 2010 because he was subjected to further less favorable treatment because he made a complaint about disability discrimination, as his Employer threatened that he will face legal proceedings if he does not accept the proposed changes to his terms and conditions of employment.

Alex was advised that if he were to pursue a claim in the Employment Tribunal for disability discrimination he would be entitled to compensation for his injury to feelings, his future loss of income (if he were to resign from the current job) and also the personal injury he had suffered due to his condition becoming worse as a result of his Employer’s failure to accommodate his disability. It was also explained to Alex that the Employment Tribunal would make a recommendation about reasonable adjustments for his continued employment.

While interacting with his advocate Alex was worried about the costs involved in the legal proceedings. However, when his advocate discussed the matter with him it became clear that he had Legal Expenses Insurance which would fund legal assistance. Alex’s advocate helped him to apply to his insurers for funding and then issued an Employment Tribunal claim on his behalf.

Remember: This is just a sample from a fellow student.

Your time is important. Let us write you an essay from scratch

100% plagiarism free

Sources and citations are provided

Find Free Essays

We provide you with original essay samples, perfect formatting and styling

Cite this Essay

To export a reference to this article please select a referencing style below:

Physical Disability and Employment. (2018, December 11). GradesFixer. Retrieved January 22, 2021, from
“Physical Disability and Employment.” GradesFixer, 11 Dec. 2018,
Physical Disability and Employment. [online]. Available at: <> [Accessed 22 Jan. 2021].
Physical Disability and Employment [Internet]. GradesFixer. 2018 Dec 11 [cited 2021 Jan 22]. Available from:
copy to clipboard

Sorry, copying is not allowed on our website. If you’d like this or any other sample, we’ll happily email it to you.

    By clicking “Send”, you agree to our Terms of service and Privacy statement. We will occasionally send you account related emails.


    Attention! this essay is not unique. You can get 100% plagiarism FREE essay in 30sec

    Recieve 100% plagiarism-Free paper just for 4.99$ on email
    get unique paper
    *Public papers are open and may contain not unique content
    download public sample

    Sorry, we cannot unicalize this essay. You can order Unique paper and our professionals Rewrite it for you



    Your essay sample has been sent.

    Want us to write one just for you? We can custom edit this essay into an original, 100% plagiarism free essay.

    thanks-icon Order now

    Hi there!

    Are you interested in getting a customized paper?

    Check it out!
    Having trouble finding the perfect essay? We’ve got you covered. Hire a writer uses cookies. By continuing we’ll assume you board with our cookie policy.