In recent years employers have had to become ever more wise to the obligations imposed by employment legislation. Savvy employees are using the law to bring claims for discrimination on grounds of sex, age, race, disability and, imminently, age.

This week’s Employment Special Report examines two of the hottest employment topics – disability and equal pay. With a rush of disability discrimination cases now coming to trial, employers have to keep an eye out for a wide variety of issues, ranging from conditions making it impossible for employees to lift heavy objects or climb stairs to more unusual problems, such as a lecturer with an illness affecting his vocal cords.

Equal pay, meanwhile, is a problem becoming increasingly apparent in the City. Although employees must jump a number of hurdles to bring successful claims, it seems likely that the current low number of claims will increase dramatically.

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