More organisations are employing applicants with disabilities and mental health conditions as the advantages of recruiting a diverse workforce are clear.
An employer could ask to disclose your disability which means they want you to tell them how they can help you at work.
makes the workplace more productive and
- Reflects the nature of the organisation's clients and consumers more accurately.
- Offers more choice in recruitment.
- Brings different life experiences, expertise and skills to the organisation.
- Makes employers identify positive changes, which benefit other staff as well as employees with disabilities.
Deciding to disclose your disability to an 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 disclose. The information below aims to give some more information and resources to help you through the application process and focuses on the issues surrounding when and how to disclose a disability when applying for jobs
Points to consider
Think about whether your disability raises a health and safety issue for yourself or your future colleagues. If it does, you may have to disclose so that employers can help ensure you have a safe working environment. You may also wish to disclose if you need any adjustments to help accommodate your disability, either at the application stage or during your day to day work.
Once you've told an employer about your disability, you're protected by the Equality Act 2010. This means your employer must take all reasonable steps to provide the necessary adjustments and mustn't discriminate against you because of your disability.
Bear in mind that if you choose not to tell your employer and later underperform, you won't be covered by the Equality Act. An employer who was unaware of your condition can't be judged to have discriminated against you.