Equalities watchdog statement provokes backlash from coronavirus support groups and unions
People suffering from long Covid have reacted with alarm to comments by government’s equalities watchdog that the condition should not be treated as a disability.
Under the Equalities Act, anyone with a physical or mental impairment that has lasted for longer than 12 months and has substantially impacted their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities, qualifies as disabled and is entitled to protection to ensure that they aren’t discriminated against in the workplace. This includes requesting that their employer makes “reasonable adjustments”, such as flexible working hours or home working, to ensure that they can continue working.
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