One in four deaf workers forced to quit job after discrimination

One in four deaf workers have been forced to quit a job because of discrimination, a survey reveals.

Many of the 11 million people in the UK with some form of hearing loss still have to deal with workplace discrimination, recruitment website Totaljobs found.

More than half (56 per cent) of the deaf or hard of hearing respondents had been subject to discrimination at some point during their career.

Of these, 62 per cent had experienced discrimination from a colleague, 53 per cent from management, and 37 per cent were subject to discrimination as early as the interview stage.

A quarter of the respondents (27 per cent) also reported to being bypassed for promotions, and 11 per cent said they missed out on pay rises.

While 74 per cent of deaf people said they felt confident that they have the right skills to look for work, a staggering 72 per cent said they had received no support when job hunting because of their disability.

Dr Terry Riley OBE, chair of the British Deaf Association, called on the Government to further promote their disability support system, Access to Work.

He said: “The survey clearly shows a lack of support for deaf people in employment. We must make sure more employers and deaf employees are fully aware of the availability of Access to Work, which is vital in helping deaf people reach their full potential at work.”

Worryingly, 52 per cent of respondents had said they were not satisfied with their job, and 47 per cent said they had received no support or guidance from their employer.

Rob Burley, head of public affairs and campaigns at Action on Hearing Loss, said: “We know that people with hearing loss face significant barriers when looking for work.

“It’s imperative that employers change their attitudes towards both employing people who are deaf or hard of hearing and to supporting those already in the workforce who may have, or might develop, a hearing loss.”

The following two tabs change content below.
Donna Martin

Donna Martin

Partner at Mackrell Turner Garrett
Donna Martin is a partner in the Employment team of Mackrell Turner Garrett’s London office. As an Employment Relations Specialist, she advises both employers and employees on a full range of contentious and non-contentious issues. She joined the firm in 2011 after training and qualifying at Vizards Wyeth Solicitors in London, where she practiced employment law and commercial litigation.