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7 shocking facts about what disabled lawyers have had to deal with!

This will make extremely uncomfortable reading for all of us.
Especially those of us who are disabled and or who have a close family member or friend who is disabled.
7 shocking facts about what disabled lawyers have had to deal with!    
  1. Gaslighting is very common towards disabled lawyers at some of the major global law firms.
  2. City Lawyers are being forced to take sick leave because reasonable adjustments are not being put in place.
  3. Much is being done on gender, bit less on race, and a bit less on LGBT and disability just does not seem to be featuring.
  4. Law students are being told by careers advisers not to disclose disabilities when applying for training contracts.
  5. Half of disabled lawyers have experienced bullying or discrimination at work.
  6. A trainee suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome and myalgic encephalomyelitis requested to occasionally leave the office by 7pm. This was met by her managers deliberately scheduling meetings at 6.55pm. 
  7. The most common form of ill treatment is “ridiculing or demeaning language” (40%) and “exclusion or victimisation” (47%).

These facts have been taken from an insightful report conducted by Cardiff University and the Law Society.

The research was based on 55 interviews and nearly 300 survey responses, making it the largest study of its kind in the UK.

The silver lining - if there can be one - is that study found that many of the extreme instances of ill-treatment were based on ignorance or unconscious bias and can be reduced with professional training on the issue.

The study also concluded that the treatment of disabled lawyers was pot-luck.

It depended on the relationship between the lawyer and supervisor and things like “good will”, “luck” or “personality” rather than a fundamental understanding or empathy.

Law firms are far behind other industries in their treatment of and provision for disabled employees and are missing out. Disabled people are good listeners, have empathy and useful life experience.

Importantly, they deserve help and a fair chance.  
You can read the report in full here