Monitoring the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995: Phase 3

Hurstfield J, Meager N, Aston J, Davies J, Mann K, Mitchell H, O'Regan S, Sinclair A |   | Department for Work and Pensions, and Disability Rights Commission | Jan 2004

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This report presents the findings of research by the Institute for Employment Studies on behalf of the Disability Rights Commission in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions and the Equality Commission, Northern Ireland.

The research, conducted during the period October 2002 to May 2003, is the third phase of a series of studies monitoring the implementation of the DDA. This study:

  • examines how the Act is being implemented through the employment tribunal system (Part II) and the court system (Part III)
  • explores and analyses the views and experiences of participants in both actual and potential DDA cases, through a series of in-depth case studies
  • compares the findings from this study with the case study findings from the first phase of the monitoring study.

Overall, this study has identified continuing barriers to the effective implementation of the DDA, and a striking commonality in the barriers experienced by individuals with different impairments. The case studies also highlighted legal issues that continue to confuse both parties in a case.