The concept of disability discrimination and its legal construction

WHITTLE, R. (2001). The concept of disability discrimination and its legal construction. In: 'Discrimination and affirmative action on the labour market - legal perspectives' (in preparation of the Swedish Presidency of the European Union), National Institute for Working Life, Sweden, 6-7 November 2001.

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to examine the key issues surrounding the legal construction of the concept of discrimination based on disability. This paper examines these issues in the context of the European Community’s framework directive on equal treatment in employment and occupation , in order to highlight the particular needs which must be addressed in developing laws to combat such discrimination. Where relevant, the paper contrasts the approach necessary for disability based discrimination with the traditional approach in relation to sex and race discrimination. The paper therefore examines the following areas: (i) the purpose of enacting non-discrimination laws in the context of disability; (ii) the definition of ‘disability’ as a ground of discrimination; (iii) the concepts of direct and indirect discrimination; and (iv) the duty to provide reasonable accommodations.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Paper presented by invitation at the ‘Discrimination and affirmative action on the labour market – legal perspectives’ (in preparation of the Swedish Presidency of the European Union), National Institute for Working Life, Sweden, 6-7 November, Brussels, Belgium, 2001.
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Law and Criminology Research Group
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2008
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2015 13:34
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/710

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