Exploring hidden disabilities in the workplace, hosted by Saira Ali, Director at Law By Design
“ Hidden disabilities” are a wide range of physical and mental conditions that are not readily visible or immediately apparent. They include conditions such as dyslexia, autism, diabetes, epilepsy and depression. Although such disabilities create challenges for those who have them and can significantly affect their everyday life, they can be very hard for other people to recognise. Further, employees may be reluctant to disclose to their employer they have a disability, often due to a perceived stigma. The likelihood is that many workplaces have employees with hidden disabilities.
Difficulties can arise when an employee’s condition is impacting upon their performance or behaviour, and the employer seeks to address its concerns not realising the employee has a hidden disability. Challenges can also arise for both the employer and employee in determining how to practically manage hidden disabilities in the workplace, whilst maintaining a harmonious work environment. If the situation is not managed appropriately, it can lead to claims being brought for disability discrimination and constructive dismissal.
In this session we will consider:
• What are hidden disabilities?
• How can you recognise a hidden disability?
• What steps should you take to support the employee?
• What are reasonable adjustments in these circumstances?
• How should you manage other employees in the team and maintain an effective work environment?
The webinar will be held on Monday 2nd November and will start at 9.30am lasting for 90 minutes including a Q&A session. Questions can be submitted in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org
Saira is a qualified solicitor with extensive experience in all areas of employment law, including contentious and non contentious matters, working with NHS clients across the country. She also provides strategic advice and helps her clients manage risk. Saira is highly experienced in managing complex litigation and has an excellent track record at the ET, EAT and High Court. Saira conducts multi-faceted, high level independent investigations on behalf of clients on disciplinary and grievance matters and provides training. Saira is recognised in the Legal 500.