Disability Discrimination Act reached 200 for the first time last
month. The March 1998 figure represents a steady rise in complaints
since the introduction of the Act in December 1996.
which concern dismissal - the other cases concern detriment,
recruitmentand the duty of employers to make some reasonable
adjustment for adisabled person.
Speaking of the figures John Hougham, chairman of ACAS, said:
'Although the number of cases still seems relatively low they are
higher than cases falling under the Sex Discrimination Act or Race
Relations Act after these Acts had been implemented for a similar
length of time.
'If this points to a continuing rise in complaints under the
Disability Discrimination Act, one can only hope that ACAS's current
success in this area - with over 80% of cases being settled or
withdrawn before they reach an industrial tribunal - can be
1. ACAS conciliation officers have a statutory duty to seek to
promote settlements of complaints which have been or could be made to
an industrial tribunal under a wide variety of enactments providing
individual employment rights and protection.
2. The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 became effective from
3. ACAS is an independent statutory body, not subject to
direction from any minister as to how it exercises its functions. It
is directed by a council consisting of the ACAS chairman and
employer, trade union and independent members. The ACAS mission is to
improve the performance and effectiveness of organisations by
providing an independent and impartial service to prevent and resolve
disputes and to build harmonious relationships at work.