Equality and Job Seeking
The Equality Act 2010 states that the following nine characteristics are protected within the law: age, disability, gender reassignment/identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief (including lack of belief), sex or sexual orientation. This means jobseekers and employees who belong to one or more of the protected characteristics should not be discriminated against.
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Equal opportunities monitoring forms
When you apply for a job, you may be asked to complete an equal opportunities monitoring form, which is separate to the rest of your application. This is not seen by the recruitment panel and will not have an impact on the rest of your application. Once an appointment has been made, the data will be used solely by HR to make appropriate changes to the recruitment process to try to ensure more applications from underrepresented groups are received in the future.
Disclosure and Discrimination in the application process
The Equality Act 2010 provides the right to not be directly or indirectly discriminated against.
You are not legally required to disclose your protected characteristics to an employer.
If you feel you have been discriminated against during the recruitment process the following websites might be of help:
- Citizens Advice
- ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service)
- University of Lincoln Students Union
The Careers and Employability service aims to support individual queries regarding equality and diversity. Whilst this page gives general advice it may not answer your specific concerns. If you have any concerns or questions about the impact your protected characteristics may have on your job applications or employment then please book a careers guidance appointment.
Disability and mental health
The law: The Equality Act 2010 makes unlawful direct or indirect discrimination, harassment or victimisation related to a disability and discrimination/unfavourable treatment arising from the disability itself. The act defines disability as ‘a physical or mental impairment’ that has ‘a substantial and long-term adverse effect’ on their ‘ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities’.
How do I identify equal opportunity work experience/graduate schemes?
There are a number of internship and work experience schemes specifically aimed at students with disabilities; some involving very high-profile employers. We have included some examples below of organisations and resources:
- EmployAbility is a not-for-profit organisation which provides advice for students and graduates with disabilities. Employ-Ability also runs a wide range of internships and graduate schemes on behalf of many employers in a range of areas.
- Business Disability Forum employers' organisation with over 400 members, working closely with government and other stakeholders, sharing best practice to make it easier to employ disabled people.
- Disability Jobsite The Disability Jobsite is developing a variety of resources and networks to enhance opportunities for employment in the UK's disabled community.
- Disability confident Aim to successfully employ and retain disabled people and those with health conditions whenever they can. They offer an interview to all disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the role they have applied for.
- The Shaw Trust provides training and support to help people with all kinds of disabilities find employment
- Scope works with graduate recruiters to help students and graduates with disabilities to find placements or places on graduate schemes
- Disability Rights UK Provide advice on a range of disability issues, including careers. Offer internships and voluntary work
- Young Disabled People's Employment Portal This signposts young people and professionals who support them to advice and ideas to help young disabled people successfully navigate the transition to work.
Is there specialist support for my disability?
We hope that the above information has provided you with relevant information. However if you are looking for support more catered to your needs the following resources provide specialist information according to disability:
Dyslexia and Dyspraxia
- British Dyslexia Association has a specific section of their website geared to applying for work.
ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- AADD-UK is a site for and by adults with ADHD and has a dedicated section to workplace issues.
Asperger’s Syndrome and autistic spectrum disorders
- The National Autistic Society includes useful resources on looking for work and guides for employers.
- Epilepsy Action - introduction to epilepsy and working in the UK.