The rights of people with MS are covered by the Equality Act (which replaced the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) in October 2010). This act protects people with MS from any form of discrimination from the point of diagnosis.
A key provision of the Act is that employers are expected to consider making 'reasonable adjustments' for staff with MS. There is no precise definition for what constitutes a 'reasonable adjustment' but examples include improving accessibility, changing working hours or supplying specialist equipment. In large organisations, the human resources or personnel department may be able to help.
At Work With MS
An MS Trust resource to support people in the workplace who have multiple sclerosis, looking at how MS might affect work, the protection afforded under the Equality Act and what adjustments can be made for a successful working life with MS.