[access-uk] Re: help needed on the DDA

hi adrian et al, thanks for all the advice/comments. i've filled in the
DRC's online enquiry form and so we'll see how it goes. can't be many blind
estate agents around i'd guess, so i hope they find it worth their while.
kevin (lord L)
"Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without
notice." - will durant
skype: lordandladyl
email/msn: kream@xxxxxxxxxxxx
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Adrian Higginbotham" <adrian.higginbotham@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2007 11:50 AM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: help needed on the DDA


Hi Kevin - employment is section 2 of the DDA, the best thing to do is
to find the act online and read it for yourself, the trouble with
interpretations or online articles is that they are always very context
specific so unless you find a situation exactly like your own.

 When you've done that then phone the drc helpline, I found them a bit
slow and frustrating but useful overall, they take some details and then
an advisor with expertese in your particular circumstances will call you
back.  They are unlikely to take the case on, on your behalf unless it
is very unusual and establishes new case law but they will advice you as
to the appropriate courses of action.  It's very frustrating and the
first reaction is to take them straight to the cleaners but you have a
much stronger case down the line if you can demonstrate that from the
outset you gave them as much opportunity as possible to reverse their
decision, justify themselves, develop their reasoning, and quite
possibly tie a noose for their own knecks.

Adrian Higginbotham


Accessibility content manager

British Educational Communications and Technology Agency - BECTA
Tel: Direct dial 024 7679 7333 - Becta switchboard 02476-416994.

Email: Adrian.Higginbotham@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Web: http://www.becta.org.uk/
BECTA, Millburn Hill Road, Science Park, Coventry, CV4 7JJ=20


-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of kevin and emma
Sent: 20 March 2007 11:00
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] help needed on the DDA

hi all, sorry if this is OT, contact me off list if necessary if it is.
i'm currently job hunting, and i've just had a phone call from a
potential employer.  it turned out to be the most blatent case of
discrimination i've ever come across, if i haden't heard it myself i
wouldn't have believed it.
it's an estate agent, an national one. i'm going to right to the branch
in question, and their head office about it. but i won't to quote any
relevant passages from the DDA as regards employment of disabled people,
and was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction. also,
is it worth contacting the DRC or equivalent now, or should i try and
deal with the potential employer on my own first. any help would be
appreciated! as i am absolutely blazing mad at what just happened, i'm
physically shaking as i type i'm so mad! i'm quite prepared to take this
as far as it needs to go as i feel for a nationwide estate agency chain
(or any business come to that) to behave like this is a disgrace!
sorry i'll stop ranting now! smile.
kevin (lord L)
"Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without
notice." - will durant
skype: lordandladyl
email/msn: kream@xxxxxxxxxxxx

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