The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society. It is against the law to discriminate against anyone because of any of the below characteristics, called protected characteristics:
Officially, you are a mature student from when you are 21 years of age or older. As a mature student you can apply for graduate jobs alongside your younger fellow student however you may find different obstacles to finding a job as a mature graduate.
From 1 October 2010, the Equality Act replaced most of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). However, the Disability Equality Duty in the DDA continues to apply.
Your disability is very individual to you and there are a wide range of disabilities, so these notes are very brief and a general introduction to the issues which may affect you when applying for jobs.
In July 2016 the government replaced the JobCentre Plus 'two ticks' scheme with their disability confident scheme, allowing employers to show in their advertisements and literature they are committed to attracting disabled applicants. If the organisation you want to target does not subscribe to the disability confident scheme you can, of course, still apply.
There are a number of organisations that are able to help you, for example check the Great with Disability website for information about disability and opportunities available for disabled students or download information guide.
When applying for jobs be positive about your disability and how you have overcome obstacles to achieve your goals so far.
If you want to discuss issues related to your job search, please contact KU Talent via the Student Hub through My Kingston.
You might be concerned about disclosing your disability to a potential employer. Deciding to share your disability to a potential employer is a matter of personal choice, you are under no legal obligation to do so, and it's for you to choose if and when you share. There is no 'best' time to do this in the selection process, only you can decide what you want to do and what is best. One positive reason to tell people is so you can get the right support.
If you do share your disability you have a right to keep this information private. This kind of information is kept safe by the Data Protection Act. This is the law to do with keeping personal information private and confidential. It means that information about you cannot be passed to someone else without you agreeing it is OK. You can ask for information about you not to be passed on.
There are several times you could choose to share your health or disability to a potential employer. Deciding which is best for you will depend on your individual situation.
Read advice about health and disability from the government at Access to Work.
While searching for a job, you may wish to look for employers who are explicitly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) friendly. Here are a few steps that may help you to do so.
The Equality Act 2010 came into effect on 1 October 2010. It replaced the following acts, consolidating them into one all-inclusive act:
The Act covers many aspects of discrimination and you can find the legislation on legislation.gov.uk.
All of the above information is a starting point only. There are many more specific sources of information and many of these are accessible through the links and sources of information above.
Kingston University students can visit the My Kingston intranet site (KU login required) for more information.