By Mattha Busby in The Guardian.
Almost half of disabled people have worried about making employers aware of their impairment or condition, research by the disability charity Scope has found. This has prompted calls for employers to create environments where disabled people are more comfortable “coming out”.
The charity found that 48% of disabled people were unaware of their rights as a disabled employee, which could suggest employers are not doing enough to inform their employees of their entitlements.
More than one in four disabled people also believe they have missed out on being offered a job because of their condition or impairment.
One woman applied for more than 100 jobs without success but suddenly began being offered interviews after not disclosing she was disabled in applications, Scope discovered.
A junior doctor was discouraged from using her wheelchair at work, which would result in missing meetings in parts of the building she could not reach wearing her leg braces.
Others reported that they had been regularly sneered at and encountered discrimination in the workplace.
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