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‘Disability’ as defined in the DDA Act

Comment 4th August 2010

Please refine the Disability Discrimination in Employment.  This is good for those with a true Disability – but is so woolley in its definition that we have a current employee (we only employ 9 staff) taking us to Employment Tribunal on a 'no win no fee' claiming that Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a Disability.  If this is found to be the case.  What is the potential cost to Employers and the Government?  A good percentage of the female population suffers from IBS.  What next?  If we are extending the age of employees to over 65 (a good thing) will Ageing become a 'disability'.  It certainly fits the current criteria of the Act.

Why does this matter?

The current and worrying potential cost to Employers and the Government with this ill-defined Act.

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