Neurodiversity and Discrimination - Palmers Solicitors
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Neurodiversity and Discrimination

If you’ve dealt with discrimination at work because you are neurodiverse, you might feel confused, stressed or upset. Our goal is to help you navigate the situation with clear guidance on how the law affects you – helping you bring proceedings against your employer if you choose.  

Our team understands that neurodiversity comes in many forms and, in a lot of cases, may be a ‘hidden’ disability.  

For this reason, we know that it can be difficult to identify and may affect how you communicate with others.  

Your employer must give you reasonable support or adjustments to allow you to do your job, even if being neurodiverse makes certain tasks difficult.  

Protecting your rights 

The Equality Act 2010 protects you from discrimination and harassment at work if your neurodiversity is considered a disability.  

Discrimination can take many forms, including bullying you for your disability, excluding you from certain projects or career advancement opportunities, or dismissing you for reasons related to your disability.  

We can provide practical support for anyone who feels they have been discriminated against for being neurodiverse or having a mental health condition.  

This may include: 

  • Advising you on the options available to you 
  • Helping you to draft legal documents 
  • Assisting you in bringing a claim against your employer 
  • Representing you at a tribunal 

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Bringing a claim against your employer 

If your employer has discriminated against you because of your neurodiversity, then you may be able to bring a claim against them.  

You might consider this to: 

  • Recover lost earnings or employment 
  • Receive compensation for distress 
  • To prevent the company from doing the same to someone else 
  • To exercise your rights as an employee 

You’ll typically need to go through your employer’s formal complaints process and mediation before applying to a tribunal.  

Whichever stage you’re at, we can support you with advice on your rights and assessing your employer’s behaviour and actions.  

For further guidance, please contact our team today to make an appointment. 

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