Disabled Workers Face Discrimination- And They Can’t Afford Justice To Deal With It

Same Difference

The abuse started for Helen Adams (not her real name), a senior administrator at a major UK charity, after her boss watched her get out her of wheelchair. The 40-year-old has multiple sclerosis and struggles with mobility, but on a “very good day” she says she was able to walk in the office.

“I went to lunch and a manager who’d seen me walking earlier yelled at me across the busy room to get out of my wheelchair because ‘I wasn’t really disabled’,” Adams recalls. “I was so shocked and upset that I didn’t know what to say. I said nothing. The rest of the day, people were looking me up and down and tutting at me.”

Over the next few months, the harassment spread throughout the office.

“People started pressing all of the lift buttons when they saw me coming, then they would close the doors so the…

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