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BMJ 1996; 313 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7066.3 (Published 09 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:S3-7066

The Disability Discrimination Act becomes law on 2 December. Although it falls short of the full rights advocated by campaigners, it will have far reaching effects: up to 3000 tribunals are predicted in the first year. Labour force estimates suggest that there are 3.8m disabled people of working age in Britain, and although there are many areas of exemption, the burden of proof lies with the employer to justify discrimination. Employers must make “reasonable adjustments” to enable disabled people to work-for example, by adapting office equipment and lay out. Employment Law Supplement 78: Disability Discrimination Act 1995. London: Income Data Services Limited, 1996.

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