- Gaslighting is very common towards disabled lawyers at some of the major global law firms.
- City Lawyers are being forced to take sick leave because reasonable adjustments are not being put in place.
- 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.
- Law students are being told by careers advisers not to disclose disabilities when applying for training contracts.
- Half of disabled lawyers have experienced bullying or discrimination at work.
- 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.
- 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.
Importantly, they deserve help and a fair chance.