We Are All Equal Before the Law

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‘We are all equal before the law’. To what extent is this common statement
about the law reflected in practice?

LILIAN MATOPODZI/1019138

BA HONS HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

UNIVERSITY OF BEDFORDSHIRE

CONTENTS:
Executive Summary…………………………………………………….3
Introduction………………………………………………………………3
Disability…………………………………………………………………..3
Equality…………………………….. …………………………………….4
Discrimination……………………………………………………………4
Education………………………………………………………………….5
Employment……………………………………………………………….6-7
The Law in the United Kingdom…………………………………………8
Conclusion…………………………………………………………………..9
References…………………………………………………………………10-11
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The law either compounds or alleviates social problems faced by various social groups in society.The statement ,”We are all equal before the law” is very debateable.This report will endeavour to look at how disability,employment and the law interrelate.It will also explore how disability is prejudiced and how employment policies have helped to solve the problems faced by disabled people in employment.

INTRODUCTION

This assignment will focus on disabled people as the chosen social group and
unemployment as the social issue to critically analyse the above statement that ‘we
are all equal above the law’. The terms disability and equality will be defined while
also looking into the impact of societal discrimination and how relevant legislations
such as the Human Rights Act 1998, Disability Discrimination Act…, Equal
Opportunities Act …have compounded or alleviated employment problems for the
respective group.
* Disability
Under the Equality Act 2010, disability means the negative effect on one’s ability to perform normal day to day activities resulting from having a physical or mental impairment. Wood (1980) defines impairment as any loss or abnormality of psychological, physiology or anatomical structure of function.

* Equality

Equality is about creating a fairer society. It is about providing opportunities to individuals to perform to their full potential irrespective of who they are for example, race, gender, sexuality, disability and so on. It is unlawful under the Equality Act 2010 and article 14 of the Human Rights Act to discriminate people for who they are. Most people with a disability tend to suffer multiple oppressions such as homelessness, unemployment, social exclusion , discrimination and many more. Such oppressions tend to hinder them participating to their full potential in the wider society.(Oliver ,1990) Good practice, which is anti-discriminatory, would enable those working or providing services to disabled people to identify such oppressions thereby linking them to appropriate services and helping them out with their difficulties, enabling them to employment. To promote equality people and employers need to recognise diversity to ensure representation of their interests and views in work places. Failure to recognise diversity would amount to discriminatory and oppressive practice.(Payne ,2006) * Discrimination

People with a...
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