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Equal opportunities, diversity and inclusion

What are your rights under equality law? What is meant by a disability confident employer and what is ‘Access to Work’?

There are nine ‘protected characteristics'.  It is against the law to discriminate against anyone because of these:

  • age
  • gender reassignment
  • being married or in a civil partnership
  • being pregnant or on maternity leave
  • disability
  • race including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

Find out more about your rights in the workplace in relation to these characteristics here and further support in relation to disability rights in work here.

Useful organisations: 

  • Disability Wales- Disability Wales/Anabledd Cymru is the national association of disabled peoples organisations in Wales striving to achieve the rights and equality of all disabled people. 
  • Diverse Cymru - Diverse Cymru is a Welsh charity committed to supporting people faced with inequality and discrimination because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation 
  • British Dyslexia Association - The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) is the voice of dyslexic people. The aim is to influence the government and other institutions to promote a dyslexia friendly society that enables dyslexic people of all ages to reach their full potential. 
  • Autism Spectrum Connections Cymru - ASCC Autism One Stop Shop (OSS) is a safe place for adults with an autism spectrum condition to access a wide range of advice and support, including employment.
  • Mind - Provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.  
  • Carers Wales- Carers Wales is part of Carers UK.  We are always looking for new ways to make carers' lives better. 
  • Stonewall Cymru - Stonewall Cymru's mission is to achieve legal equality and social justice for lesbian, gay, bi and trans people in Wales. 

Disability Confident is a scheme that employers can sign up to voluntarily to demonstrate their commitment to making the most of the talents of disabled people in the workplace.  The scheme has three levels.

A list of Disability Confident employers can be found here.

Access to Work is a government scheme that supports disabled people to access work.  This includes people with a mental health condition or long term health condition.  The scheme offers support around gaining reasonable adjustments to access work if this is not covered by your employer

Access to Work and how to apply for it.

Find out more about the scheme and whether you may be able to access it here and further information about disability rights in relation to Access to Work here.