Employment

Continuing a fulfilled career

If you’ve sustained a serious spinal injury, you may be concerned about how this will impact your career.

“Will I be able to go back to the same job?,” “How is my employer going to react to my new injury?”, “What support is available to help me do my job?” are just some of the questions you may have.

Despite your injury, you still have every possible opportunity to pursue a fulfilling career which you can flourish in. Your rights are protected. Employers cannot discriminate against you and you have access to a wide range of support to propel your career forward.

4.1m

To put things into perspective, there are over 4.1 million disabled people in the UK who are employed – so there’s no reason why you can’t be part of the workforce too

You’re protected by the law 

Being treated unequally because of your spinal injury at work can feel degrading, unjust and humiliating. Most importantly, it should not happen and the Equality Act 2020 for disability protects you from any discrimination made against you because of your injury. 

These procedures are put in place to ensure that you continue to operate on a level playing field with those who aren’t disabled, safeguarding you from unequal treatment across a whole range of employment issues, such as:  

  • Job offers
  • Terms of employment
  • Dismissal and redundancy 
  • Promotion, transfer, or training opportunities
  • Interview arrangements

Returning to work

By law, your employer is obliged to make adjustments where possible to help you continue working as you did before. These include improving accessibility to the work premises, being flexible about your working hours, providing modified equipment and much more. 

From start to finish, everything is about making the transition back to work as smooth as possible. 

In some cases, you may find yourself physically unable to continue working in the same job. One of the biggest issues as you face life after your injury may be having to think about changing jobs.

But you can still find a career that you’re passionate about and can revel in. After all, your skills, your qualities and your experiences are unique. All that’s required is to find a position that’s suited to both your spinal injury and skill-set. 

We can help you with that.


How to get the support you need

Below you have access to a wide range of support that will help you overcome any employment challenges you face. 

If you feel discriminated against at work

Contact: Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)

https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en

If you need advice, practical support, and financial assistance to overcome work-related obstacles resulting from disability

Contact: The British Government

https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work/apply

If you need support to help solve disputes with your employer regarding your injury

Contact: Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)

https://www.acas.org.uk/

If you want free legal advice on disability discrimination 

Contact: The Disability Law Service (DLS)

https://dls.org.uk/

Browse our legal support here