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Recession 'may have heightened disability discrimination'

Recession 'may have heightened disability discrimination'

Instances of disability discrimination in the UK employment sector may have become more widespread due to the effects of the global economic downturn.

That is if comments made by Rachel Krys, director at Inclusive Employers, are anything to go by, as she believes that the financial pressure many firms have found themselves under throughout the recession could be reflected in their recruitment attitudes.

Ms Krys explained that when the jobs market gets tighter, managers often "feel they need to make much safer decisions", meaning disabled candidates for roles can often miss out on opportunities.

She went on to say that certain employers can also tend to take "very harsh decisions" involving such professionals when it comes to evaluating their redundancy situation.

"I think some disabled people can suffer then. It's harder for them," the Inclusive Employers official added.

These observations came after thousands of disabled Remply workers protested over plans to cut government funding to their 54 factories earlier this month.

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Posted by Trusha Vyas