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Close Legal Gap, DRC Urges Government

May 7, 2003

A legal loophole which allows employers and businesses to discriminate against people with conditions such as multiple sclerosis and cancer must be closed immediately, says the Disability Rights Commission.

In the first major review of current disability discrimination law, the DRC calls on the Government urgently to introduce legislation to cover people with progressive conditions to ensure they are protected against discrimination from the point at which they are diagnosed. Currently the Disability Discrimination Act only provides protection when symptoms develop which make it difficult for someone to carry out daily

The Government is due to publish new disability rights legislation in the summer but has not indicated when its draft Bill would become law or what further protection it would provide to disabled people.

The DRC's review 'Disability Equality: Making it Happen' is available from the DRC's helpline on 08457 622 633 or from its website

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